46 days in Japan Itinerary

46 days in Japan Itinerary

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46 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  19 h 15 min
1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Okinawa City
— 4 nights
Drive:  30 min
5
Onna-son
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6 h 15 min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Kyoto
— 8 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
10
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  7 h 30 min
11
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
12
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: New York City

3
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 Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Aragusuku Beach and Yabiji. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and head outdoors with Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach.

Find out how to plan Miyakojima trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

New York City, USA to Miyakojima is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Miyakojima is 14 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in June; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 87°F and lows reach 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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.
Visiting Kondoi Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing will get you outdoors. Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, get interesting insight from Tours, and head outdoors with Sukuji Beach.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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): admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, get outside with Hoshisuna Beach, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and then head off the coast to Barasu Island.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about an hour. In June, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

4
nights
Okinawa City

Okinawa City ©
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get some cultural insight at Katsuren Castle Ruins and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, steep yourself in history at The Site of Chibana Castle, look for gifts at Chanpuru Market, and ponder the world of politics at Okinawa City Hall Observation Decks.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Okinawa City online tour itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Iriomote-jima to Okinawa City with the Route module. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Onna-son.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kitanakagusuku-son, Scuba & Snorkeling, Kayaking & Canoeing, Katsuren Castle Ruins
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AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM ©
AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins ©
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins
Katsuren Castle Ruins ©
Katsuren Castle Ruins

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nirai Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manza Beach and Okuma Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Kunigami-son (Hiji Waterfall, Daisekirinzan, &more), Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman) and Nanjo (Ojima Island, Sefa-Utaki, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins, head outdoors with Bisezaki, go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and kick back and relax at Sun Marina Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Onna-son travel planner.

Onna-son is just a short distance from Okinawa City. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kunigami-son, Nanjo, Motobu-cho, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Nakijin Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nirai Beach ©
Nirai Beach

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 19th (Sun): get outside with Yakusugi Land and then take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, then don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, train, ferry, and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Onna-son in June: high temperatures in Yakushima-cho hover around 79°F and lows are around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

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.
Popular historic sites such as Daishoin Temple and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Yamato Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure), Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Senjokaku, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary tool .

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, ferry, and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry. June in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Kintaikyo Bridge
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

8
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tenryuji Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. Shop till you drop at Dotonbori and Token Kaiyodo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka Castle (in Osaka), Nara Park (in Nara) and Minami (Namba) (in Namba). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara Park
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and then don't miss a visit to Hashigui Rock.

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

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in July: highs in Nachikatsura-cho hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Visit Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Suganuma Gassho Community for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Gokayama (in Nanto) and Shirakawa-mura (Kanda house & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and don't miss a visit to Tsuzumi Gate.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Kanazawa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Get outdoors at Shiretoko National Park and Shiretoko Misaki. Explore hidden gems such as Shiretoko Goko Lake and Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples. Get out of town with these interesting Shari-cho side-trips: Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park (in Ozora-cho), Lake Mashu (in Teshikaga-cho) and Abashiri Prison Museum (in Abashiri). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, get outside with Road to Heaven, and look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Shari-cho road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kanazawa to Shari-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kanazawa in July, with highs in Shari-cho at 71°F and lows at 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hokkaido, Abashiri, Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, Lake Mashu
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:
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Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake

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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.
Shop till you drop at Pola Museum of Art and Omotesando. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nezu Shrine and Asakusa Shrine. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), and take a stroll through Ueno.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Tokyo tour builder.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Tokyo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a train. In July, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Shari-cho - with highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Pola Museum of Art
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

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