32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
3
Izumo
— 2 nights
4
Osaka
— 4 nights
5
Ise
— 2 nights
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
7
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
8
Tsuruoka
— 2 nights
9
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
10
Tokyo
— 3 nights

3
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Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Head to Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Artfor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, walk around Banna Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay.

Plan my day in Ishigaki using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Sacramento, USA to Ishigaki is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Sacramento to Ishigaki. Plan for much warmer nights when traveling from Sacramento in September since evenings lows in Ishigaki dip to 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Yurateiku Market ©
Yurateiku Market

3
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Popular historic sites such as Itsukushima Shrine and Senjokaku are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Atomic Bomb Dome. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Itsukushima Shrine Torii (in Hatsukaichi) and Kure (Yamato Museum & JMSDF Kure Museum). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima visit planning tool.

Getting from Ishigaki to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. In September, Hiroshima is a bit cooler than Ishigaki - with highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Izumo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

2
nights
Izumo

Izumo ©
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
On the 15th (Tue), shop like a local with Izumo Folk Craft Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hinomisaki Shrine, visit a coastal fixture at Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Taisha Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Former Taisha Station, and finally take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, then explore the galleries of Adachi Museum of Art, and finally stop by Shussaigama.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Izumo trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Hiroshima to Izumo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Matsue, Adachi Museum of Art
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Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Hinomisaki Shrine ©
Hinomisaki Shrine

4
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Koyasan Okunoin and Himeji Castle. Explore hidden gems such as Kongobu-ji Temple and Koyasan Danjo Garan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) (in Kobe), Koko-en (in Himeji) and Koya-cho (Ichijo-in Temple & Kodai-in Temple). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Dotombori District, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take a stroll around Daimaru Museum Umeda, and stop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Izumo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Osaka sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Ise.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Himeji, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

2
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Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 21st (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, explore the galleries of Jingu Chokokan Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Shrine Geku. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Okageza, take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck, then meet the residents at Toba Aquarium, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, and finally make a trip to Meotoiwa.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Ise trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Osaka to Ise in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Osaka in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 75°F in Ise. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck, Toba Aquarium
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:
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Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

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Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto tour planner.

Drive from Ise to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in September, plan for little chillier nights in Kyoto, with lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

4
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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ainokura Gassho Community and Gokayama. Venture out of the city with trips to Suganuma Gassho Community (in Nanto), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Takayama (Higashiyama Walking Course, Takayama Jinya, &more). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and contemplate the long history of Wada House.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Nanto, Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Maruoka Castle
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine

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Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
On the 1st (Thu), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yudonosan Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden, then make a trip to Mt. Haguro, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ideha Shrine.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Tsuruoka trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Tsuruoka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or take a train. In September in Tsuruoka, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 65°F at night. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda ©
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium ©
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium

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Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shiretoko Misaki and Mt. Rausu. Venture out of the city with trips to Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu & Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, get outside with Shiretoko Pass, and identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Shari-cho trip itinerary builder tool.

Do a combination of train and flight from Tsuruoka to Shari-cho in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Tsuruoka in October, things will get a bit cooler in Shari-cho: highs are around 57°F and lows about 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hokkaido, Teshikaga-cho
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki
Mt. Rausu ©
Mt. Rausu

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Head to Ginza and Asakusafor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at Zojo-ji Temple and Takeshita Street. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and shop like a local with Art Jeunesse Akihabara.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo vacation tool.

Traveling by flight from Shari-cho to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Shari-cho in October, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 72°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple

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