29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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29 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  30​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Nikko
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
4
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  36​h
End: Santiago

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pola Museum of Art and Tokyo National Museum. Edo-Tokyo Museum and The Hakone Open-Air Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, take a stroll through Asakusa, see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Santiago, Chile to Tokyo is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from Santiago to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. September in Tokyo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Hakone-machi
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

3
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yudaki Falls and Lake Chuzenji. Step off the beaten path and head to Senjogahara Field and Ryuokyo Canyon. Change things up with a short trip to Oya Stone Museum in Utsunomiya (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, stroll around Nikko National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Nikko, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oya Stone Museum
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Yudaki Falls ©
Yudaki Falls
Yomeimon (Main Gate) ©
Yomeimon (Main Gate)
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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. Step off the beaten path and head to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Natadera Temple (in Komatsu). There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa visit site .

Traveling by train from Nikko to Kanazawa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Nikko in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kanazawa, with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Oko no Taki Fall and Jōmon Sugi. Get outdoors at Yakusugi Land and Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. There's more to do: make a trip to Wilson Stump and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mocchomudake.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho trip tool .

Getting from Kanazawa to Yakushima-cho by combination of train, flight, and taxi takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Kanazawa in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Yakushima-cho, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Trails
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
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 Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at JMSDF Kure Museum and Daishoin Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more). There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima route 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 car and ferry. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

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

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Chion-in Temple. Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, go for a walk through Arashiyama, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Scuba & Snorkeling. Take a break from the city and head to Yabiji and Sunayama Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, stroll through Aragusuku Beach, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, and enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Miyakojima trip app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Miyakojima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Kyoto in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 30°C in Miyakojima. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

2
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.
On the 27th (Sun), kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the exciting artwork at Nei Museum of Art, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki vacation app .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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