29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Drive
3
Iwami-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Ferry
7
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Tokyo — 5 nights

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.
Head to Ginza and Asakusafor some retail therapy. Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kōtoku-in, &more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Odaiba District, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Auckland to Tokyo, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in November, Tokyo is little chillier at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.
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Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Find places to stay Nov 1 — 6:

Kyoto — 7 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Dotombori District. Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Minami (Namba)for some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto tour itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Iwami-cho.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries
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Find places to stay Nov 6 — 13:

Iwami-cho — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Uradome Coast, get outside with Uradome Seacoast Marine Park, then kick back and relax at Uradome Coast Oguri beach beaches, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore, and finally get outside with Shirawara Coast. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Tottori Sand Dunes, browse the exhibits of The Sand Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Natanejima Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Higashihama Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Anami Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Iwami-cho sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Iwami-cho in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:

Himeji — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Himeji online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Iwami-cho to Himeji takes 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Himeji are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Nov 15 — 16:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Miyajima.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Ishigaki.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
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Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:

Ishigaki — 4 nights

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.
Visit Yonehara Beach and Sukuji Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Hairumubushi Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Kohama-jima (Kubazaki Beach & Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island)). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, get outside with Ibaruma Coast, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. While traveling from Hiroshima, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Find places to stay Nov 18 — 22:

Iriomote-jima — 3 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Take a break from the city and head to Ida no Hama Beach and Maruma Beach. Relax by the water at Hoshisuna Beach and Todomari Beach. There's lots more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, head outdoors with Haemida Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, and take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in November, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours
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Miyakojima — 3 nights

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: Yonaha Maehama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Sunayama Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Shigira Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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