32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
+3
bus + train + Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
6
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
7
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Istanbul

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.
Kids will enjoy Yonehara Beach and Sukuji Beach. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip planning app .

Istanbul, Turkey to Ishigaki is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Japan Standard Time is 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ishigaki when traveling from Istanbul in August, with lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Kids will enjoy Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Minnajima Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Onna-son (Diamond Beach, Cape Manzamo, & more), Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Nago) and Nirai Beach (in Yomitan-son). And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore by horseback at Iejima Beach Side Horse Park, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho takes 5.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Motobu-cho are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Onna-son, Kayaking & Canoeing, Nirai Beach, Iejima Beach Side Horse Park
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Ita Beach and Toi Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Waku Pond (in Oshino-mura), Mt. Fuji 5th Station (in Narusawa-mura) and Susono Fishing Park (in Susono). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Mount Fuji, admire the sheer force of Joren Waterfall, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi road trip tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Motobu-cho in August: high temperatures in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 29°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Izu, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Ita Beach, Susono Fishing Park, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Joren Waterfall ©
Joren Waterfall

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.
Family-friendly places like Tokyo Disneyland and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden will thrill your kids. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Odaiba, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and make a trip to Tokyo Skytree.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip site .

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Family-friendly places like Gongenmori Beach and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Takayama Jinya (in Takayama), Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). The adventure continues: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and admire the sheer force of Ryusogadaki Falls.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Ryusogadaki Falls
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

5
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kyoto (Gion, Kinkaku-ji, & more), Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi) and Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Sanjusangendo Temple). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle and get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in August, you will find days in Osaka are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Miyajima, & more) and Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama Castle
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach

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