29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry
2
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
3
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Bus to Takachiho-cho
4
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Fly
7
Matsue
— 3 nights
Fly
8
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive
9
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Nikko
— 4 nights
Train to Kita-Kenju Station, Fly to London

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Cape Hirakubozaki. When in Ishigaki, make a side trip to see Nakamoto Beach in Kuro-shima, approximately Kuro-shima away. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and walk around Banna Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki trip builder.

London, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in November: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 31°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.
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Find places to stay Nov 7 — 11:

Iriomote-jima — 1 night

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima route planning website.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.
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Find places to stay Nov 11 — 12:

Miyakojima — 4 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shimojishima Island and Kouri Island. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, take in the pleasant sights at Imugya Marine Garden, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, and take in the views from Kurima Bridge.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima road trip site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.
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Find places to stay Nov 12 — 16:

Takachiho-cho — 2 nights

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 17th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Yasugawara, take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Shirakawa Springs, then get impressive views of Mt. Aso, then snap pictures at Takachiho Bridge, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Takachiho-cho by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in November, you will find days in Takachiho-cho are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are much colder (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.
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Find places to stay Nov 16 — 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 (Sat), make a trip to Diosugi, make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, then stroll through Okinasugi, and finally make a trip to Wilson Stump. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Yakusugi Land.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Yakushima-cho sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho by combination of car, train, and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Yakushima-cho: highs are around 24°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:

Kyoto — 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tofuku-ji Temple and Sanzen-in Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Hachiman-bori (in Omihachiman), Miyazu (Motoise Konojinja Shrine, Amanohashidate, &more) and Hikone (Genkyuen Garden & Hikone Castle). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto travel route planner.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, things will get a bit cooler in Kyoto: highs are around 19°C and lows about 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Matsue.
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Find places to stay Nov 20 — 25:

Matsue — 3 nights

Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Explore hidden gems such as Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse and Shinji Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsue: Eshima Ohashi Bridge (in Sakaiminato), Adachi Museum of Art (in Yasugi) and Izumo (Former Taisha Station, Hinomisaki Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Yuushien Garden, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tamatsukuriyu Shrine, and stroll around Matsue Vogel Park.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Matsue online vacation planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Matsue in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Koya-cho.
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Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:

Koya-cho — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, and finally steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho trip planning site.

Getting from Matsue to Koya-cho by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Matsue in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Koya-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.
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Find places to stay Nov 28 — 29:

Nachikatsura-cho — 2 nights

The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): stroll around Nachi Highland Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seiganto-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and then contemplate the long history of Ruins of Shingu Castle.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Koya-cho to Nachikatsura-cho in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nikko.
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Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

Nikko — 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fukuroda Falls and Ryuokyo Canyon. Venture out of the city with trips to Nasu-machi (Fujishiro Seiji Museum & Nasu Animal Kingdom). Spend the 3rd (Sat) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Senjogahara Field, explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge, steep yourself in history at Yomeimon (Main Gate), and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Nikko trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Nikko in 8 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and tram. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in December, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are slightly colder, around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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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.
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