29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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29 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Toyooka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Matsue
— 2 nights
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
8
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
9
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
10
Onna-son
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
12
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
13
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Barcelona

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, then examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Imperial Palace, admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, then make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

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

Barcelona, Spain to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Tokyo is 8 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay May 15 — 16:
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Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

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.
Let the collections at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Hataya Textile Factory Memorial Hall capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Wada House. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Nanto (Ainokura Gassho Community & Suganuma Gassho Community), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, & more) and Maruoka Castle (in Sakai). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and steep yourself in history at Kinkengu Shrine.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kanazawa, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Tokyo in May, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Katsuyama, Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple, Maruoka Castle
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:
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Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 20th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, explore the striking landscape at Ichimai-iwa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Muryoji - Rosetsuji Kushimoto Okyo Rosetsu Hall, and finally explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho road trip planner .

Getting from Kanazawa to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in May since evenings lows in Nachikatsura-cho dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Shingu, Kushimoto-cho, Ichimai-iwa
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto attractions planner .

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in May since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Naomi Uemura Bokenkan, get to know the fascinating history of Mikobata Senkojo Mine, then contemplate the long history of Takeda Castle Ruins, then see the interesting displays at Toyooka City Konotori Bunkakan, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Hattan Falls, then appreciate the views at Ase Valley, and then head outdoors with Terrace Rice Field.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Toyooka tour builder site .

You can drive from Kyoto to Toyooka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. May in Toyooka sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Toyooka

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Asago, Terrace Rice Field
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
On the 26th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, don't miss a visit to Former Taisha Station, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, and finally explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Matsue Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tamatsukuriyu Shrine, then look for all kinds of wild species at Oni no Shitaburui, and finally examine the collection at Okuizumo Tatara to Tokenkan.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Matsue trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Toyooka to Matsue by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Okuizumo-cho, Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
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Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, and then examine the collection at Yamato Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip planner.

You can drive from Matsue to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kure, Itsukushima Shrine
Find places to stay May 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

1
night
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Yasugawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aratate Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, and finally explore the striking landscape at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho trip planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Takachiho-cho can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Takachiho Shrine
Find places to stay May 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

1
night
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 1st (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In June in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land

1
night
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Katsuren Castle Ruins, admire the masterpieces at Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Onna-son day trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in June: high temperatures in Onna-son hover around 34°C and lows are around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Naha, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Valley of Gangala, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): stroll through Sunayama Beach, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, then take in the views from Irabu Bridge, then snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and finally stroll through Yonaha Maehama Beach.

To see reviews and tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima takes 3.5 hours. In June in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 6:
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 7th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planning tool .

You can ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In June in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

3
nights
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 9th (Sun), walk around Banna Park, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and then stroll through Kondoi Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki trip builder app .

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. On the 11th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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