43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
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Onna-son
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zamami-son
— 2 nights
Drive
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Izumo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Fly
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Teshikaga-cho
— 1 night
Fly
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly

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Onna-son — 3 nights

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Emerald Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sefa-Utaki and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Ojima Island (in Nanjo) and Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Manza Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, and look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Onna-son online trip builder.

Singapore, Singapore to Onna-son is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Singapore to Onna-son, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zamami-son.
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Zamami-son — 2 nights

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 27th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Ama Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Furuzamami Beach, and then head off the coast to Zamamijima Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): kick back and relax at Nishibama Beach.

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Drive from Onna-son to Zamami-son in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Miyakojima.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

Miyakojima — 4 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll get in some beach time at Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yabiji and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, and stroll through Nakanoshima Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zamami-son to Miyakojima. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 2:

Ishigaki — 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Visit Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach for some beach relaxation. Spend 3rd (Mon) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip builder site.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.
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Find places to stay Oct 2 — 7:

Iriomote-jima — 3 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 8th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Yakushima-cho.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:

Yakushima-cho — 3 nights

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.
Visiting Yakusugi Land and Oko no Taki Fall will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Jōmon Sugi. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Nagata Inakahama and make a trip to Wilson Stump.

Plan trip to Yakushima-cho with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Yakushima-cho in 10 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Iriomote-jima in October; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 30°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and then examine the collection at Yamato Museum. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in October: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 26°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Izumo.
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Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:

Izumo — 3 nights

Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse and Hinomisaki Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Former Taisha Station and Adachi Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Izumo: Matsue (Yaegaki Shrine, Matsue Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, kick back and relax at Inasa Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Grand Shrine.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Izumo route planner.

Drive from Hiroshima to Izumo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can fly to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:

Kyoto — 6 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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Nijo Castle and Osaka Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Todai-ji Temple). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Izumo to Kyoto by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Shari-cho.
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Find places to stay Oct 18 — 24:

Shari-cho — 4 nights

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 Goko Lake and Shiretoko National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kaminoko Pond and Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu, cruise along Road to Heaven, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and admire the sheer force of Furepe Waterfall.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho travel route builder app.

You can fly from Kyoto to Shari-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in October: high temperatures in Shari-cho hover around 16°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Teshikaga-cho.
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Find places to stay Oct 24 — 28:

Teshikaga-cho — 1 night

A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
On the 29th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Teshikaga-cho road trip website.

Getting from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. October in Teshikaga-cho sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:

Tokyo — 6 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.
For shopping fun, head to Pola Museum of Art or Takeshita Street. Visit Zojo-ji Temple and Senso-ji Temple for their historical value. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka, approximately Mitaka away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, wander the streets of Ginza, and visit Akihabara.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Teshikaga-cho to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Teshikaga-cho - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nature
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Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 4:

Japan travel guide

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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.