32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Nagoya
— 3 nights
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
6
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
7
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
8
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
9
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
10
Hiroshima
— 3 nights

4
nights
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.
Hase-dera Temple and Asakusa Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Zojo-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and shop like a local with Ginza.

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Washington DC, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 7:
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Hikone Castle and Iwamura Castle Ruins will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nakasendo Magome-juku and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Naegi Castle Ruins (in Nakatsugawa), Hikone (Hikone Castle Tenshu & 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園) and Tanigumisan Kegonji Temple (in Ibigawa-cho). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nunoike Catholic Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yamazaki River, and contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nagoya travel itinerary planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hikone, Nakatsugawa, Iwamura Castle Ruins, Tanigumisan Kegonji Temple
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:
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Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku
Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, thenadmire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Umikongo.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Nagoya to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kushimoto-cho, Shingu
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

6
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nanzen-ji Temple and Heian Shrine. Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Minami (Namba) (in Namba) and Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara Park, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, expect little chillier with lows of °F in Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 18:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toji ©
Toji

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 19th (Mon), kick back and relax at Nagata Inakahama, make a trip to Taikoiwa, thentake in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

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Fly from Kyoto to Yakushima-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Yakushima-cho, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
On the 21st (Wed), go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, thentake in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Shirakawa Springs and then take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Takachiho-cho, with lows around °F. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shirakawa Springs
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:
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Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, get outside with Ida no Hama Beach, thenhead off the coast to Iriomote Island, thenget outside with Hoshisuna Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Iriomote-jima visit planning site.

You can fly from Takachiho-cho to Iriomote-jima in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Iriomote-jima: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kondoi Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get in touch with nature at Yonehara Beach and Nosoko Mape. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki journey planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Ishigaki are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunayama Beach and Shimojiiima Island. Escape the urban bustle at Yabiji and Aragusuku Beach. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to East Henna Cape, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and enjoy the sand and surf at Nakanoshima Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima road trip website.

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. April in Miyakojima sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daishoin Temple and Mitaki Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Itsukushima Shrine and Peace Flame. Change things up with a short trip to Itsukushima Shrine Torii in Hatsukaichi (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Miyakojima to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Miyakojima in April, things will get a bit cooler in Hiroshima: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

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