36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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36 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bhopal
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Zamami-son
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Bhopal

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.
Get outdoors at Yonehara Beach and Akashi Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki City Yaeyama Museum. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Kondoi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Sukuji Bathing Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki online tour planner .

Bhopal, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 3 hours. Traveling from Bhopal in May, you will find days in Ishigaki are colder (34°C), and nights are slightly colder (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji Beach

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step out of the city life by going to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. Relax by the water at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagamahama Beach Coast.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

4
nights
Zamami-son

Zamami-son ©
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Get outdoors at Gahijima Sand Dune and Nishibama Beach. Visit Aharen Beach and Furuzamami Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Zamami-son with a short trip to Tokashiku Beach in Tokashiki-son, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Hizushi Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll through Kushibaru Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Zamami-son road trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Miyakojima to Zamami-son with the Route module. In May, daytime highs in Zamami-son are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tokashiki-son
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Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach

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 in touch with nature at Miyajima and Paddle Park. Appreciate the collections at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Matsuyama (Kashima Kaisuiyokujo & Matsuyama Castle) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Hiroshima itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Zamami-son to Hiroshima with the Route module. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Zamami-son in May since evenings lows in Hiroshima dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

6
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.
Get some historical perspective at Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan and Hosomi Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, & more) and Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building, and make a trip to Arashiyama.

Make your Kyoto itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Fuji and Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji), Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba) and Hirasawa Pass (in Minamimaki-mura). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi and get outside with Fujimi Kogen Sozono Mori.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in May: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Chubu, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Fujimi Kogen Sozono Mori, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Hirasawa Pass
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fuji Hakone Izu National Park ©
Fuji Hakone Izu National Park
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

6
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.
Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Sensō-ji and Fukagawa Edo Museum for their historical value. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka--about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Odaiba, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday planner.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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