34 days in Japan Itinerary

34 days in Japan Itinerary

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34 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Naha
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
+3
train + taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h
4
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
taxi + ferry:  4​h 30​min
5
Kagoshima
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
6
Minamioguni-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
8
Kyoto
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + ferry:  3​h
9
Naoshima-cho
— 1 day
+2
ferry + bus + train:  3​h
10
Kyoto
— 5 nights
11
Takayama
— 4 nights
12
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco


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3
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 list of things to see and do now includes Tokyo Mystery Circus, VR Zone Shinjuku, The Iron Fairies Ginza, and other attractions.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker tool .

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo is 17 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 49°F. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Tokyo

Fun & Games Baths Theme Parks
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Tokyo Mystery Circus ©
Tokyo Mystery Circus
Shinjuku Golden Gai ©
Shinjuku Golden Gai
Ginza ©
Ginza

3
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.
You've added Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, Blue Cave, Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): stroll through Sesoko Beach, don't miss a visit to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and then go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Naha vacation planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Naha in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo in November, you will find days in Naha are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are much hotter (70°F). You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Onna-son
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Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road

2
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sengan-en Garden as well as Sakurajima. On the 29th (Thu), go for a walk through Sengan-en Garden and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kagoshima Kenritsu Yoshino Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima.

Start your trip to Kagoshima by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and train from Naha to Kagoshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or ride a ferry. While traveling from Naha, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Kagoshima, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 48°F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kagoshima Kenritsu Yoshino Park ©
Kagoshima Kenritsu Yoshino Park
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Yudomari Onsen, Onoaida Onsen, Yakusugi Land, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): soak in some Japanese tradition at Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and then soak in some Japanese tradition at Onoaida Onsen.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kagoshima in December: high temperatures in Yakushima-cho hover around 60°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Baths
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land

1
night
Kagoshima

Kagoshima
To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kagoshima trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Kagoshima in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Yakushima-cho in December; daily highs in Kagoshima reach 53°F and lows reach 38°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Minamioguni-machi.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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4
nights
Minamioguni-machi

Minamioguni-machi ©
Kurokawa Onsen has been added to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Takachiho Gorge and Takachiho Shrine.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Minamioguni-machi tour site .

Traveling by car from Kagoshima to Minamioguni-machi takes 4 hours. December in Minamioguni-machi sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 37°F at night. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Minamioguni-machi

Baths Spas Parks

Side Trip

Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine

2
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Misen, Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, and other attractions you added. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get all the information you need at Hiroshima Station South Exit Chikagai Hiroba Information Center, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima route planner.

You can drive from Minamioguni-machi to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
Shukkei-en Garden ©
Shukkei-en Garden

1
night
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.
To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip website .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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1
day
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
You've added Art House Project, Benesse House Museum, Lee Ufan Art Museun, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum, then explore the world behind art at Lee Ufan Art Museun, then admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Art House Project.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Naoshima-cho journey planner .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and ferry from Kyoto to Naoshima-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Naoshima-cho can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums
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Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Art House Project ©
Art House Project

5
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Philosopher's Walk, Sake Ichi, Maruyama Park, and other attractions you added. See some other sides of Kyoto: wander the streets of Gion.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and train from Naoshima-cho to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sun) before leaving for Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Suntory Kyoto Brewery, Oyamazaki Town Historical Museum
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

4
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) and Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sanmachi Suji and Funasaka Shuzo Brewery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Takayama vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Takayama, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 37°F. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo DisneySea, Kurand Sake Market Shinjuku, Kamaasa Knife Shop, and other attractions you added. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Suntory Distillery・Suntory Hakushu Distillery in Hokuto, approximately 3h 15 min away.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo route planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in December, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Nightlife Classes

Side Trips

Tokyo DisneySea, Suntory Distillery・Suntory Hakushu Distillery
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Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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