39 days in Japan Itinerary

39 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
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Kanazawa
— 4 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.
Family-friendly places like Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Nirai Beach will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Motobu-cho side-trips: Onna-son (Manza Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Minnajima Island, kick back and relax at Minna Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Beach.

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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. Traveling from Melbourne to Motobu-cho, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in July: high temperatures in Motobu-cho hover around 37°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 29:

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Bring the kids along to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Barasu Island, take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls, kick back and relax at Todomari Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoshisuna Beach.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip planner.

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, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:

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.
Family-friendly places like Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, get outside with Mt.Omotodake, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Beach.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki route builder.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 6:

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 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Itsukushima Gekijyo, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima vacation planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:

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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Gion. Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (in Osaka), Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip maker website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to 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 15th (Sun) 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 9 — 15:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa travel itinerary planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Daisetsuzan and Kurodake. Venture out of the city with trips to Hinode Lavender Garden (in Kamifurano-cho), Kamikawa-cho (Mt. Midori & Daisetsu Kogen Swamp) and Higashikawa-cho (Susoaidaira & Asahi-dake). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Shirogane Blue Pond, experience rural life at Saika no sato, admire the natural beauty at Shikisai no Oka, and make a trip to Panorama Road.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Biei-cho online holiday planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Biei-cho in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Kanazawa in August, things will get slightly colder in Biei-cho: highs are around 29°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Tower. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online vacation planner.

You can fly from Biei-cho to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Biei-cho in August; daily highs in Tokyo reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · 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.