29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 1 night
Drive
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Kamakura
— 2 nights
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Train to Yokohama, Subway to Shin-Yokohama, Train to Nara
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 1 night
Drive
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Drive to Fukuoka Airport, Fly to Naha Airport, Drive to Okinawa City
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Okinawa City
— 2 nights
Drive to Naha Airport, Fly to Miyako Airport
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Sapporo

— 2 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sapporo Art Museum and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Step off the beaten path and head to Otaru-shi General Museum and Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru (The Site of Temiya Line & Otaru Miyakodori Shopping District) and Tomakomai (Tarumae Garo, Mount Tarumae, &more). The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Tonden Windbreak Forest, take a stroll through Susukino, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo road trip app.

Toronto, Canada to Sapporo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Sapporo. While traveling from Toronto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Hozomon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally take a stroll through Ueno District. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, admire the masterpieces at teamLab☆Planets, admire the masterpieces at Mori Art Museum, then admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sapporo in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

Nikko

— 1 night
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 7th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Nantai, take in the dramatic scenery at Urami Waterfall, contemplate the long history of Kanaya Hotel History House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushido, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cryptomeria Avenue.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nikko trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Nikko, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kamakura.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:

Kamakura

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, make a trip to Kōtoku-in, then admire the masterpieces at Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kamakura online visit planner.

Drive from Nikko to Kamakura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kamakura are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Nara.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Omiwa Shrine and Isuien Garden. Get a sense of the local culture at Toshodai-ji Temple and Todai-ji Temple. Explore Nara's surroundings by going to Asuka-mura (Raigo-ji Temple & Asuka-dera Temple), Chuguji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Isonokami Jingu (in Tenri). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, awaken your taste buds at Nara Wellness Tourism, stroll around Nara Park, and get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nara online itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Kamakura to Nara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Kamakura in October, you will find days in Nara are a bit warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

Kyoto

— 3 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daikaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Another option is to take a train. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:

Osaka

— 2 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses, take in nature's colorful creations at Sakuya Konohanakan, look for gifts at Four-M, then take a stroll through Dotombori District, and finally contemplate the long history of Tekijuku.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Osaka driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:

Kobe

— 1 night
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Minatogawa Shrine, see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, get engrossed in the history at Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan), then examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suma-dera, steep yourself in history at Goshikizuka Park, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kobe Municipal Arboretum, and finally admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki).

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You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 18th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, and finally steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:

Fukuoka

— 1 night

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyajidake Shrine, then get engrossed in the history at Munakata Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Old Ito Denemon House, and finally steep yourself in history at Nanzoin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Hakata History Museum, then see the interesting displays at OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka itinerary maker website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, steep yourself in history at Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, and finally contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, wander the streets of Shinchi Chinatown, then contemplate the long history of Higashiyamate Ko Jusanbankan, then explore the world behind art at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Suimon.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki holiday planning tool.

Drive from Fukuoka to Nagasaki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:

Okinawa City

— 2 nights
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): surround yourself with nature on Japanguide Junko, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Awase Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Sakima Art Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Urasoe Castle Ruins. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Ishikawa History Folk Museum, then explore the gorgeous colors at Manza Dream Hole, then kick back and relax at Busena Beach, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Okinawa City trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nagasaki to Okinawa City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, enjoy the sand and surf at Nakanoshima Beach, get outside with Sawada no hama Beach, then see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, then see the interesting displays at Yukishio Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Okinawa City to Miyakojima. In October, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:

Ishigaki

— 1 night
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 26th (Wed), head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, then explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and then get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sengaku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gotokuji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Jindai-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, then take a stroll through Yanaka District, and finally steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip site.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in October, with highs in Tokyo at 26°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.