36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
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Zamami-son
— 2 nights
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Nakijin-son
— 2 nights
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Naha
— 3 nights

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo Disneyland about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Odaiba District, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip builder.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 27:
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Sanmachi Suji, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and make a trip to Omicho Market.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Tokyo in April, with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama
Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 1:
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker app.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay May 1 — 6:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Tarumino Ozakura (in Yabu) and Asago (Takeda Castle Ruins, Old Official Residence of Ikuno Mine, &more). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Himeji Castle, make a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip itinerary planning website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Asago, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Tarumino Ozakura, Mt. Takamikura
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach & Miyajima). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima journey planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay May 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Kuromon Market, visit Dotombori District, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 16th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and finally identify plant and animal life at Yabiji. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Shimojishima Airport RW17 End, contemplate the waterfront views at Toriike Pond, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, then don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and finally enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

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You can fly from Osaka to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Osaka in May since evenings lows in Miyakojima dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi

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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.
On the 18th (Tue), visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, and finally visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Ishigaki City Tokusan Hambai Center, don't miss a visit to Euglena Mall, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, then walk around Banna Park, then walk around Kabira Park, and finally explore the activities along Kabira Bay.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki travel planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:
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Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Banna Park ©
Banna Park
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal ©
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal

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Zamami-son

Zamami-son ©
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Hizushi Beach, take in the views from Aka Bridge, appreciate the history behind Statue of Shiro, get outside with Furuzamami Beach, then take in panoramic vistas at Takatsukiyama Observatory Deck, and finally head off the coast to Zamami Island. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Ajanamutu Viewing Platform, enjoy the sand and surf at Aka Beach, get outside with Nishibama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Kerama Islands, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ama Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Statue of Maririn.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Zamami-son trip itinerary builder app.

Explore your travel options from Ishigaki to Zamami-son with the Route module. When traveling from Ishigaki in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Zamami-son: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Nakijin-son.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Kerama Islands
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:
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Zamami Island ©
Zamami Island
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Kerama Islands ©
Kerama Islands

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Nakijin-son

Nakijin-son ©
Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Tiinuhama Beach, don't miss a visit to Kouri Ohashi, get outside with Kouri Beach, then make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins, and finally get outside with Akabaka Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, then see the vivid underwater world at USS Emmons, and finally experience rural life at Aiai Farm.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nakijin-son route maker.

You can drive from Zamami-son to Nakijin-son in 3 hours. May in Nakijin-son sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Naha.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Motobu-cho
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

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Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
On the 24th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, don't miss a visit to Yachimun Street, don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, don't miss a visit to Heiwadori, then get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, and finally make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, don't miss a visit to American Village, and then get your game on at Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Naha road trip site.

Drive from Nakijin-son to Naha in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Naha can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Nanjo, American Village
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo ©
Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

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