29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Onna-son
— 2 nights
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
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Nikko
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nanzen-ji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka), Daimon-ji Temple (in Ibaraki) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary tool.

Washington DC, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kyoto, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 10th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden. On the next day, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trip

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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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 12th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, then don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Wilson Stump. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Yakushima-cho, with lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
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Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley

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Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
On the 14th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Zakimi Castle Ruins, then contemplate the long history of Katsuren Castle Ruins, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Himeyuri Peace Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri, and finally step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle.

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You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In October, daily temperatures in Onna-son can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
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Katsuren Castle Ruins ©
Katsuren Castle Ruins
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Yabiji and Toguchi no Hama. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, stroll through Imugya Marine Garden, and make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Miyakojima route website.

Fly from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Hirakubozaki and Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. Get in touch with nature at Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, walk around Kabira Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Ishigaki online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. October in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, and then head outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Mariudo Fall, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip maker.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lake Chuzenji and Ryuzu Waterfall. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yudaki Falls and Taiyuimbyo Shrine. Spend the 26th (Tue) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Yomeimon (Main Gate), walk around Italian Embassy House Memorial Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nikko trip maker tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Nikko takes 11 hours. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in October, things will get a bit cooler in Nikko: highs are around 67°F and lows about 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
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Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji
Yomeimon (Main Gate) ©
Yomeimon (Main Gate)
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Asakusa Shrine and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kencho-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura) and Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip maker.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple

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