33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
2
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
3
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
4
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
5
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
6
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights
8
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
9
Nagoya
— 3 nights
10
Tokyo
— 4 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Popular historic sites such as Daishoin Temple and Atomic Bomb Dome are in your itinerary. Take a break from Hiroshima with a short trip to Senjokaku in Hatsukaichi, about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, don't miss a visit to Peace Flame, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Hiroshima is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sunayama Beach and Nagamahama Beach Coast. Explore hidden gems such as Yabiji and Yonaha Maehama Beach. And it doesn't end there: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get outside with Tomori Imugya Beach, stop by Miyakoya, and kick back and relax at Painagama Beach.

To see photos and tourist information, read Miyakojima road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hiroshima in April: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around °F and lows are around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Island Countryside Settlement and Misakion. Step out of the city life by going to Kondoi Beach and Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave. Change things up with a short trip to Nakamoto Beach in Kuro-shima (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, cruise along Nagurao Bridge, trek along Nosoko Forest Road, and get outside with Shiraho Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki online travel route planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In April in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Nakamoto Beach, Kondoi Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visiting Kanpiree Waterfall and Shirahama Port will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Todomari Beach and Nakama-river Protected Region. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village and admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima driving holiday site.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach
Shirahama Port ©
Shirahama Port
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

2
nights
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 16th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Nanamoto Sugi, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eight Dragon King God of Water Shrine, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Kushifuru Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai, and then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho online vacation planner.

You can fly from Iriomote-jima to Takachiho-cho in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Iriomote-jima in April, with highs in Takachiho-cho at °F and lows at °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Yakusugi Land and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Anbo River, get answers to all your questions at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho holiday planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of °F in Yakushima-cho. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Tachudake ©
Tachudake
Onsen Resorts

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nanzen-ji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kinkaku-ji and Kennin-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, visit Pontocho District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasakanoto, and make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Kyoto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, expect slightly colder with lows of °F in Kyoto. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Kodai-ji Temple ©
Kodai-ji Temple

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Nachi Primeval Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Kinomatsushima Island, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Fudarakusanji Temple, and then explore the activities along Nachi Forest.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nachikatsura-cho, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Fudarakusanji Temple ©
Fudarakusanji Temple

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Visit Atsuta Jingu Shrine and Bunka michi for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Yamazaki River. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Antarctic Research Ship Fuji, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and wander the streets of Sakae.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya online trip builder.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, expect Nagoya to be little chillier, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Asakusa Shrine and Senso-ji Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nezu Shrine and Meguro River. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Hozomon, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hie Jinjya, and stroll around Kitanomaru Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. When traveling from Nagoya in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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