26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  29​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  5​h
3
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
4
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Buenos Aires

4
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.
Asakusa Shrine and Kinomiya Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu & The Hakone Open-Air Museum). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, and make a trip to Imperial Palace.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo sightseeing planning tool .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Tokyo is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Tokyo is 12 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in September, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Kinomiya Shrine, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Koyasan Okunoin (in Koya-cho). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Koyasan Okunoin, Osaka Castle, Himeji Castle, Todai-ji Temple, Ise Shrine Geku
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
On the 8th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, get outside with Seibu Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, then get your bearings at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Kyoto to Yakushima-cho in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Kyoto in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Yakushima-cho, with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

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

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore hidden gems such as Yamato Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Your inner history buff will appreciate Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Senjokaku, & more) and Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, things will get a bit cooler in Hiroshima: highs are around 26°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kondoi Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Iriomote-jima) and Nakamoto Beach (in Kuro-shima). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki road trip site .

Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Hiroshima in October, things will get a bit warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima, Taketomi-cho, Nakamoto Beach
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step out of the city life by going to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aragusuku Beach and Toguchi no Hama. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji, get outside with Tomori Imugya Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip maker site .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. October in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

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