32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Nasiriyah
Fly:  31​h
1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Naha
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  29​h
End: Nasiriyah

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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, adventure, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, head outdoors with Yarabudake, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki online holiday planner .

Nasiriyah, Iraq to Ishigaki is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Nasiriyah to Ishigaki is 6 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

4
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Venture out of the city with trips to Onna-son (Cape Manzamo & Nature Service Mahae), Kamimuyra Brewery (in Uruma) and Motobu-cho (Tropical Dream Center & Tropical Dream Center). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, examine the collection at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Ryuso Studio Chura Bijin, and explore the fascinating underground world of Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Naha road trip tool .

Fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 3 hours. In February, daytime highs in Naha are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Onna-son, Tomori no Ishibori Ufujishi, Kamimuyra Brewery, Agarihama Market, Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, & more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hiroshima trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Naha to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Naha in February, you will find days in Hiroshima are little chillier (11°C), and nights are much colder (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Chinatown (Nankinmachi) (in Chuo) and Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei (in Bizen). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and admire all the interesting features of Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Himeji road trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kobe, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Mt. Takamikura
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Jishu Shrine
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

5
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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 23rd (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and steep yourself in history at Tokyo National Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo journey maker site .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip maker website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in February, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Shishiku Park
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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