26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
7
Zamami-son
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Auckland

2
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tokyo National Museum and Imperial Palace. You'll explore and learn at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, stroll through Ueno Zoo, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planning site .

Auckland, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Auckland in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Visiting Mount Fuji and Kawaguchiko Sozo-no-Mori will get you outdoors. When in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, make a side trip to see Nature & Wildlife Tours in Fuji, approximately 1h 15 min away. Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring nature at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi online tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Chubu, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fuji Hakone Izu National Park ©
Fuji Hakone Izu National Park
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

4
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.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Nara Park and Kyoto Isshu Trail Higashiyama Course. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, & more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kyoto vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 21st (Mon), kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. Get in touch with nature at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagamahama Beach Coast.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hiroshima in October; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 33°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama 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.
Get in touch with nature at Yonehara Beach and Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kondoi Beach and Akashi Beach. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, cruise along Nagurao Bridge, and look and learn at Ishigakijima Observatory.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble

3
nights
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Gahijima Sand Dune and Aharen Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Nishibama Beach and Toma. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Furuzamami Beach, head off the coast to Geruma Island, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zamami-son tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Ishigaki to Zamami-son with the Route module. October in Zamami-son sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Aharen Beach
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach

3
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
We've included these beaches for you: Akabaka Beach and Okuma Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Diamond Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Onna-son: Nirai Beach (in Yomitan-son) and Shurijo Castle (in Naha). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Manzamo and take in the dramatic natural features at Tobera Rock.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Onna-son tour itinerary planning site .

Getting from Zamami-son to Onna-son by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October in Onna-son, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Okuma Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, Shurijo Castle, Nirai Beach, Akabaka Beach
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

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