36 days in Japan & Maldives Itinerary

36 days in Japan & Maldives Itinerary

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Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Nakafurano-cho
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Nakafurano-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sapporo, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Train
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Motobu-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naha, Japan
— 1 night
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly to Male, Ferry to Male
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Male, Maldives
— 6 nights
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Nakafurano-cho, Japan

— 2 nights
Flower-viewing tourism draws flocks of visitors to Nakafurano-cho, a Hokkaido town famed for its many lavander fields.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nakafurano-cho: Roller Coaster Road (in Kamifurano-cho), Kamikawa-cho (Daisetsu Kogen Swamp & Daisetsuzan) and Asahi-dake (in Higashikawa-cho). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita, identify plant and animal life at Shirogane Blue Pond, relax in the rural setting at Saika no sato, and take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nakafurano-cho itinerary maker site.

Cardiff, UK to Nakafurano-cho is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Cardiff to Nakafurano-cho, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cardiff in July, with highs in Nakafurano-cho at 30°C and lows at 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sapporo.

Things to do in Nakafurano-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:

Sapporo, Japan

— 2 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
On the 20th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, stroll around Odori Park, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, then trek along Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course, and finally experience rural life at Yumekobo Sato. On the next day, take a stroll through Susukino, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hakkogakuen Hanashobupark, then take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royce Rose Garden.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Nakafurano-cho to Sapporo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Nakafurano-cho in July: highs in Sapporo hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Trails
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:

Tokyo, Japan

— 5 nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 40 minutes away). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Sapporo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 26:

Matsumoto, Japan

— 2 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 27th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum, then walk around Matsumoto Alps Park, then explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and finally gain insight at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): snap pictures at Kappa Bashi, then explore the activities along Taisho Pond, then take a peaceful walk through Tashiro Shitsugen, and finally identify plant and animal life at Larch Forests In Kamikochi area.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:

Kanazawa, Japan

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 29:

Kyoto, Japan

— 4 nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 2:

Osaka, Japan

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then stop by Dotombori District, and finally take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Osaka are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:

Hiroshima, Japan

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip site.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:

Motobu-cho, Japan

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Emerald Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, then get outside with Akabaka Beach, and finally meet some fierce fish with TEERA SCUBA VENTURES, OKINAWA. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Anchihama, get outside with Minna Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Minnajima Island, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Sesoko Labyrinth.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho journey builder website.

Fly from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Motobu-cho are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

Naha, Japan

— 1 night

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Yoga Shanti, make a trip to Makishi Public Market, make a trip to Kokusaidori, then stop by Wadama Honshinju Mother Sea, then explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, and finally sample the fine beverages at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Naha day trip planner.

You can drive from Motobu-cho to Naha in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. In August in Naha, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:

Ishigaki, Japan

— 5 nights
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.
Spend 10th (Tue) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, get outside with Mt.Omotodake, stop by Yurateiku Market, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 3.5 hours. August in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Male.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 14:

Male, Maldives

— 6 nights
The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Male is known for shopping, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, steep yourself in history at Mulee Aage, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and admire the landmark architecture of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque).

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Male trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Male by combination of flight and ferry takes about 17 hours. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Ishigaki to Male due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 20:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.