29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka Airport, Drive to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
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Onna-son
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zamami-son
— 2 nights
Drive
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly to Osaka Itami, Train to Nachikatsura-cho
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shimoda
— 1 night
Drive
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Train to Kita-Senju, Fly to Shari-cho
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Shari-cho
— 3 nights
Fly

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Takachiho-cho — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, then take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho trip builder tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Takachiho-cho is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Dublin to Takachiho-cho due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in September; daily highs in Takachiho-cho reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Onna-son.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:

Onna-son — 3 nights

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
You'll get in some beach time at Sun Marina Beach and Manza Beach. Appreciate the collections at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum and Himeyuri Peace Museum. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman), Valley of Gangala (in Nanjo) and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Nakagusuku-son). The adventure continues: Head underground at Blue Cave and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Onna-son journey planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Takachiho-cho to Onna-son in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in September, Onna-son is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Zamami-son.
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Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:

Zamami-son — 2 nights

The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Nishibama Beach, kick back and relax at Aka Beach, and then stroll through Furuzamami Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ama Beach.

For reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Zamami-son tour planner.

Getting from Onna-son to Zamami-son by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Zamami-son are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Miyakojima.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

Miyakojima — 4 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll get in some beach time at Aragusuku Beach and Toguchi no Hama. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Sunayama Beach. Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakanoshima Beach, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zamami-son to Miyakojima. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Ishigaki.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 12:

Ishigaki — 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki. You'll get in some beach time at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Spend 13th (Tue) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory and take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Ishigaki trip maker website.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.
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Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:

Iriomote-jima — 3 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 16th (Fri), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Barasu Island, stroll through Hoshisuna Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

For reviews and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip maker.

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. September in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

Yakushima-cho — 2 nights

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), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Yakushima-cho in 10 hours. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in September, expect Yakushima-cho to be little chillier, temps between 33°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Nachikatsura-cho.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Nachikatsura-cho — 2 nights

The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Seiganto-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Nachikatsura-cho takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In September, daily temperatures in Nachikatsura-cho can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Shimoda.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Shimoda — 1 night

On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the activities along Yumigahama Beach, then kick back and relax at Tatadohama Beach, and then kick back and relax at Shirahama Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Shimoda trip planner.

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Shimoda by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 23:

Nikko — 2 nights

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 24th (Sat), go for a walk through Senjogahara Field, then admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls, and then explore the activities along Yunoko Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Oya History Museum, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate).

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Shimoda to Nikko takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Shari-cho — 3 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mt. Io and Road to Heaven. Get outdoors at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Shiretoko Pass. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Shiretoko Misaki and take in the dramatic scenery at Furepe Waterfall.

To plan Shari-cho vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Nikko to Shari-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nikko in September, with highs in Shari-cho at 22°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:

Japan travel guide

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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.