32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Berlin
Fly:  19 h 15 min
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4 h
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 30 min
4
Onna-son
— 4 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Fly + Taxi:  6 h 15 min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
9
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
10
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Berlin

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kondoi Beach and Cape Hirakubozaki. Visiting Yonehara Beach and Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip itinerary maker site.

Berlin, Germany to Ishigaki is an approximately 19.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Berlin to Ishigaki. April in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, get outside with Hoshisuna Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima travel route planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

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
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
We've included these beaches for you: Sunayama Beach and Yonaha Maehama Beach. Visiting Aragusuku Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Yabiji, enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, and don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima vacation planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

4
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Sefa-Utaki and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Kouri Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Onna-son side-trips: Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri & Okinawa Peace Memorial Park), Nanjo (Valley of Gangala, Kudakajima Island, &more) and Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins, get a new perspective on nature at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and kick back and relax at Manza Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Onna-son trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 3.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Miyakojima in April since evenings lows in Onna-son dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nanjo, Motobu-cho, Itoman, Naha, Nakijin-son
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Taikoiwa, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, then don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, and finally get outside with Nagata Inakahama. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and then explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip maker tool.

Getting from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, train, ferry, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Itsukushima Shrine and Senjokaku. Appreciate the collections at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Daishoin Temple (in Hatsukaichi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip website.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hiroshima when traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Tobishima Kaido
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Explore hidden gems such as Kodai-ji Temple and Sunset Owl Cafe. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Himeji Castle, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Himeji, Osaka, Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho trip maker site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Nachikatsura-cho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Maruoka Castle. Step off the beaten path and head to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Oyama Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Gokayama (in Nanto), Sairin-ji Temple (in Hakusan) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, Kanazawa is a bit cooler at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Maruoka Castle, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Gokayama, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Zojo-ji Temple and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Odaiba District, visit Akihabara, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 19°C. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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