38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly
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Biei-cho
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Motobu-cho

— 5 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Nirai Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Onna-son (Cape Manzamo, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Minnajima Island, kick back and relax at Minna Beach, stroll through Anchihama, and stop by Farmer's Market Haisai! Yanbaru Market.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, use the Motobu-cho trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Motobu-cho is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in July, with highs in Motobu-cho at 37°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 30:

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Barasu Island. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Motobu-cho to Iriomote-jima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:

Ishigaki

— 5 nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Spas. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, get outside with Mt.Omotodake, and kick back and relax at Akashi Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki online holiday maker.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 7:

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Miyajima and Atomic Bomb Dome. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Itsukushima Gekijyo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (in Osaka). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 16:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see photos and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa day trip app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in August: highs in Kanazawa hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

Biei-cho

— 5 nights
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Bring the kids along to Daisetsuzan and Daisetsu Kogen Swamp. Change things up with these side-trips from Biei-cho: Hinode Lavender Garden (in Kamifurano-cho), Higashikawa-cho (Asahi-dake & Susoaidaira) and Mt. Midori (in Kamikawa-cho). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita, experience rural life at Biei Farm, and admire the sheer force of Shirahige Falls.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Biei-cho trip builder app.

Fly from Kanazawa to Biei-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kanazawa in August, with highs in Biei-cho at 29°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 24:

Tokyo

— 7 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.
Family-friendly places like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Akihabara, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

Before you visit Tokyo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Biei-cho to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Biei-cho in August, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 31:

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.