35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  19 h 15 min
1
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h
2
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h
3
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
4
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
Drive + Ferry:  7 h 15 min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
6
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
Takayama
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  8 h 30 min
8
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Teshikaga-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
10
Biei-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
11
Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h 15 min
End: Tel Aviv

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Pinaisara Falls. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, head outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima trip maker tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Iriomote-jima is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Iriomote-jima due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Banna Park and Kabira Park. Explore Ishigaki's surroundings by going to Fuki Beach (in Kuro-shima) and Kohama-jima (Ubutaki Lookouts & Kohama Island Information Center). And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, take in the waterfront activity at Taketomi Port, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Kohama-jima, Taketomi-cho, Fuki Beach
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Banna Park ©
Banna Park
Nishi Pier ©
Nishi Pier

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
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 Aragusuku Beach and Yabiji. There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, take in the pleasant sights at Nishihenna Cape, and step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip website.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. September in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 29:
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Manai Falls and Amano Yasugawara. Get out of town with these interesting Takachiho-cho side-trips: Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura), Aso (Kusasenrigahama & Daikanbo) and Kikuchi Gorge (in Kikuchi). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, take in nature's colorful creations at Kuju Flower Park, and explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Takachiho-cho takes 8.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Miyakojima in September, with highs in Takachiho-cho at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Kuju Flower Park, Shirakawa Springs, Mt. Aso, Kikuchi Gorge
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oko no Taki Fall and Yakusugi Land. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Nagata Inakahama, don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, trek along Seibu Trail, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho road trip planning site.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Yakushima-cho, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land

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 6th (Tue): kick back and relax at Shichiri Mihama Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Taiji Whale Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, thenadmire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine.

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

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Nachikatsura-cho takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In October, daytime highs in Nachikatsura-cho are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Taiji Whale Museum, Shichiri Mihama Beach
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Pond Tashiro. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takayama: Matsumoto (Myojin Pond & Taisho Pond), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Tenshukakau Observatory, &more) and Tateyama-machi (Shomyo Falls & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Takayama attractions planner.

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Takayama in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in October: high temperatures in Takayama hover around 24°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Matsumoto, Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama-machi
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond
Wine Tours & Tastings
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shiretoko Misaki and Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. Go for a jaunt from Shari-cho to Rausu-cho to see Shiretoko Highway about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shiretoko Nature Center, make a trip to Old Sulfur Mining Site, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Shari-cho trip builder site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Takayama to Shari-cho in 8.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Takayama in October; daily highs in Shari-cho reach 16°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hokkaido, Shiretoko Highway
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki
Mt. Rausu ©
Mt. Rausu
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall

3
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Explore hidden gems such as Kaminoko Pond and Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory. Explore Teshikaga-cho's surroundings by going to Abashiri (Abashiri Prison Museum & Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples), Kaiyodai Observatory (in Nakashibetsu-cho) and Bihorotoge Lookout (in Bihoro-cho). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Onneto, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and walk around Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Teshikaga-cho trip planning app.

Getting from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In October, daytime highs in Teshikaga-cho are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Abashiri, Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, Kaminoko Pond, Kaiyodai Observatory, Lake Onneto
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Kaminoko Pond ©
Kaminoko Pond
Lake Onneto ©
Lake Onneto

3
nights
Biei-cho

Biei-cho ©
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Asahi-dake and Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower. Change things up with these side-trips from Biei-cho: Asahidake Ropeway (in Higashikawa-cho), Furano (Campana Rokkatei, Furano Ski Resort, &more) and Farm Tomita Lavender East (in Kamifurano-cho). There's lots more to do: walk around Shinei no Oka Tenbo Koen, admire the natural beauty at Shikisai no Oka, contemplate the waterfront views at Shikaribetsu Lake, and get a taste of the local shopping with Takushinkan.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Biei-cho online holiday planner.

You can drive from Teshikaga-cho to Biei-cho in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Biei-cho when traveling from Teshikaga-cho in October, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Furano, Higashikawa-cho, Farm Tomita Lavender East, Shikaribetsu Lake
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Shikisai no Oka ©
Shikisai no Oka
Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake
Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower ©
Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower

2
nights
Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho ©
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Numasaki Landslide, explore the striking landscape at Cape Kamui, and then kick back and relax at Shimamu Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Shakotan-cho trip maker website.

Getting from Biei-cho to Shakotan-cho by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Shakotan-cho when traveling from Biei-cho in October, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach

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