33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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33 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  14​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+3
train + subway + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Onna-son
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
8
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
9
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
10
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: San Diego

4
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.
Let the collections at Pola Museum of Art and Wa Space capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Tokyo National Museum and Sensō-ji are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Minato Mirai 21 (in Yokohama) and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu (in Hakone-machi). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Kitchen Town (Kappabashi), and wander the streets of Takeshita Street.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip site .

San Diego, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Tokyo is 17 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Diego in August; daily highs in Tokyo reach 88°F and lows reach 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Minato Mirai 21
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Natadera Temple. Museum-lovers will appreciate Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and D. T. Suzuki Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Ainokura Gassho Community (in Nanto) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Natadera Temple, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Ainokura Gassho Community, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho road trip website .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Nachikatsura-cho in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 80°F in Nachikatsura-cho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
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Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Horando, Togetsukyo Honten. Shop till you drop at Dotonbori and Nishiki Market Shopping District. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Koyasan Okunoin (in Koya-cho), Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Ise Shrine Geku (in Ise). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto route site .

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. August in Kyoto sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Himeji Castle, Dotonbori, Ise Shrine Geku, Koyasan Okunoin
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yamato Museum and Daishoin Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo & Itsukushima Shrine) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find reviews and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima itinerary planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

3
nights
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Wilson Stump. Step out of the city life by going to Yakusugi Land and The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall and make a trip to Jōmon Sugi.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

3
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sefa-Utaki and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Visit Nakijin Castle Ruins and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins for their historical value. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM (in Kitanakagusuku-son) and Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the striking landscape at Cape Manzamo, and make a trip to Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In August in Onna-son, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Kitanakagusuku-son, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Sefa-Utaki, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Nakijin Castle Ruins
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, then admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, and finally identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima road trip app .

Explore your travel options from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape Hirakubozaki and Kondoi Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Yonehara Beach. There's lots more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, stop by Yurateiku Market, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In August in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 81°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visiting Yonaha Maehama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yabiji and Sunayama Beach. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip planning tool .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing

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