35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
2
Shimoda
— 1 night
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
4
Nikko
— 2 nights
5
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
6
Hokuei-cho
— 1 day
7
Osaka
— 2 nights
8
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
9
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
10
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
11
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
12
Ishigaki
— 5 nights

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.
Nijo Castle and Kennin-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Nishi Honganji. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamigamo Shrine, make a trip to Gion, take in nature's colorful creations at Okochi Sanso Garden, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto journey maker site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Kyoto is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Dubai to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dubai in September, plan for colder days in Kyoto, with highs around 33°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Shimoda.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hiyoshi-Taisha Shrine
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple

1
night
Shimoda

Shimoda ©
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 8th (Tue): explore the activities along Shirahama Beach, contemplate the long history of Perry Road, enjoy the sand and surf at Nabetahama Beach, get outside with Tatadohama Beach, then look for gifts at Ogiso Shoten Honten, and finally view the masterpieces at Tsuchito Shoten Kura Gallery.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Shimoda online holiday maker.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Shimoda in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Shimoda, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shimoda

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Shirahama Beach ©
Shirahama Beach
Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach
Perry Road ©
Perry Road

5
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.
Get outdoors at Tabinaka Inc, and Street Kart Shibuya. Explore hidden gems such as NATURE Daikanyama and teamLab☆Planets. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: stop by Odaiba District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, and steep yourself in history at Hozomon.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Shimoda to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 13:
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NATURE Daikanyama ©
NATURE Daikanyama
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
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 14th (Mon), snap pictures at Kinu Tateiwa Otsuribashi (Suspension bridge), relax and float downstream with NAOC, then stop by Nikko Okaki Factory, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cryptomeria Avenue. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushido, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Nantai, then trek along Odashirogahara, and finally contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nikko trip maker app.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Nikko sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Nikko

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
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Odashirogahara ©
Odashirogahara
Mt. Nantai ©
Mt. Nantai
Kinu Tateiwa Otsuribashi (Suspension bridge) ©

2
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Onnebetsu River, look for gifts at Shari Kobo Shiretokoya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Raiun Shrine, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Tourist, and finally head outdoors with Ippon no Michi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Shiretoko Highway, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula, then admire the sheer force of Furepe Waterfall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho online attractions planner.

Getting from Nikko to Shari-cho by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nikko in September, with highs in Shari-cho at 22°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hokuei-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kiyosato-cho, Shiretoko Highway, Shiretoko Peninsula
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
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Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls
Shiretoko Tourist ©
Shiretoko Tourist

1
day
Hokuei-cho

Hokuei-cho ©
On the 18th (Fri), make a trip to Conan's House Beika Shopping Street, head outdoors with Hokujo Dune, stroll around Odaiba Park, examine the collection at Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory, then don't miss a visit to Conan Station, and finally make a trip to Conan Bronze Statue.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hokuei-cho trip itinerary website.

Explore your travel options from Shari-cho to Hokuei-cho with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Shari-cho in September; daily highs in Hokuei-cho reach 29°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hokuei-cho

Parks · Museums · Outdoors
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Odaiba Park ©
Odaiba Park
Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory ©
Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory
Conan's House Beika Shopping Street ©
Conan's House Beika Shopping Street

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, make a trip to Naramachi Koshino Ie, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary website.

Drive from Hokuei-cho to Osaka in 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, and then get a new perspective on things with One Drop Kayak Service. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Yakusugi Land.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Yakushima-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors · Nature · Parks
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Onsen Resorts
Tachudake ©
Tachudake

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
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 23rd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the dramatic natural features at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tosui Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Heitate Shrine, and then admire the sheer force of Unokono-taki.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Takachiho-cho, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Yamato-cho, Unokono-taki
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:
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Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Yabiji and Nagamahama Beach Coast. Do some cultural sightseeing at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Miyako Shrine. Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Ikizu Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Miyakojima Public Market, and get outside with Tomori Imugya Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima online holiday maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Takachiho-cho to Miyakojima takes 8.5 hours. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Miyakojima, with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get outside with Shirahama Port, take a memorable tour with Sima Mari Asibi, kick back and relax at Todomari Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nakama-river Protected Region, then steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi, and finally head outdoors with Haemida Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima day trip planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:
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Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Shirahama Port ©
Shirahama Port

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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 discover tucked-away gems like Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Take a break from the city and head to Yonehara Beach and Akashi Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ishigaki: Kuro-shima (Kuroshima Lighthouse, Nakamoto Beach, &more) and Kohama-jima (Kubazaki Beach, Hairumubushi Beach, &more). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, take a pleasant ride with Horse Riding Spot Naminma, stop by Misaki Town, and kick back and relax at Sunset Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Ishigaki trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Kuro-shima, Kohama-jima, Island Countryside Settlement
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

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