32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Hakodate
— 2 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Matsue
— 3 nights
6
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
7
Shinkamigoto-cho
— 2 nights
8
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
9
Ishigaki
— 3 nights

3
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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.
Senso-ji Temple and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in the exciting artwork at Art Jeunesse Akihabara.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo planning website.

Sialkot, Pakistan to Tokyo is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pakistan Standard Time (PKT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Tokyo are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
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Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 5th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Onuma Park Walking Path, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Trappistine Monasteries, and then stop by Motomachi. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples, steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Motomachi Catholic Church, thencontemplate the long history of Iai Kindergarten, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hakodate planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Hakodate takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo in August, things will get slightly colder in Hakodate: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

2
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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get some historical perspective at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Nomura Family Samurai House. Explore hidden gems such as Oyama Shrine and Ninja Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Ainokura Gassho Community (in Nanto), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Nagamachi Neighborhood, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shofukaku Garden, and stop by Higashichaya Old Town.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Hakodate to Kanazawa in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakodate in August; daily highs in Kanazawa reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Ainokura Gassho Community, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tofuku-ji Temple and Toji. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Yasaka Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kanazawa in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Todai-ji Temple, Osaka Castle
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Adachi Museum of Art and Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse. Popular historic sites such as Miho Shrine and Kamosu Shrine are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsue: Izumo (Former Taisha Station, Hinomisaki Shrine, &more) and The Mizuki Shigeru Road (in Sakaiminato). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine and explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Matsue trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Matsue takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Matsue: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art, The Mizuki Shigeru Road
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Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Hinomisaki Shrine ©
Hinomisaki 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Wilson Stump. Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. There's more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho online tour planner.

Getting from Matsue to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In August in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Shinkamigoto-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

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Shinkamigoto-cho

Shinkamigoto-cho ©
Get some cultural insight at Oso Church and Kiri Church. Popular historic sites such as Nakanoura Church and Kashigarashima Church are in your itinerary.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Shinkamigoto-cho trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Yakushima-cho to Shinkamigoto-cho with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Shinkamigoto-cho when traveling from Yakushima-cho in August, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Shinkamigoto-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Aosagaura Church ©
Aosagaura Church
Fukumi Catholic Church ©
Fukumi Catholic Church
Tainoura Church ©
Tainoura Church

3
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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 Yabiji and Aragusuku Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, head outdoors with Sunayama Beach, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shinkamigoto-cho to Miyakojima. August in Miyakojima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and then take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki tour planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In August in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kondoi Beach, Island Countryside Settlement
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

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