36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4 h
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Onna-son
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  7 h 15 min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  5 h 15 min
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
10
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
11
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

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.
Head to Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Artfor plenty of shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, and explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Ishigaki is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ishigaki when traveling from Brisbane in November, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and then head outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima online road trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Yabiji. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Toguchi no Hama and Shimojiiima Island. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, go for a walk through Imugya Marine Garden, kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, and snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip maker site.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 5 hours. In November in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nakagusuku Castle Ruins and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Do your shopping at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM and Onna Station Nakayukui Market. Venture out of the city with trips to Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma), Nakijin-son (Kouri Beach & Nakijin Castle Ruins) and Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, &more). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, steep yourself in history at Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, and take an in-depth tour of Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Onna-son trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Onna-son takes 5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Onna-son. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Naha, Nakijin-son, Itoman, Kitanakagusuku-son
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), get outside with Nagata Inakahama, don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, thentake in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Taikoiwa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake and then explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho visit planner.

You can fly from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Onna-son in November: highs in Yakushima-cho hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, thentake in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, thenadmire the sheer force of Manai Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino, thenmake a trip to Shirakawa Springs, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, with highs in Takachiho-cho at 19°C and lows at 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minamiaso-mura
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

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.
Popular historic sites such as Daishoin Temple and Miyajima are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Yamato Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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You can do a combination of taxi and train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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.
Head to Dotombori District and Asahiyakifor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Ise (Sarutahiko Shrine, Ise Shrine Geku, &more) and Minami (Namba) (in Namba). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ise, Osaka, Asahiyaki
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 3:
Highlights from your plan
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Suganuma Gassho Community. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ainokura Gassho Community and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Sairin-ji Temple (in Hakusan). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine, and stop by Gokayama.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip website.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

2
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Explore hidden gems such as Shiretoko Goko Lake and Lake Mashu. Visiting Road to Heaven and Oshin Koshin Falls will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Shari-cho side-trips: Teshikaga-cho (Mt. Io & Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shiretoko National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Shari-cho vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Shari-cho in 8 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kanazawa in December; daily highs in Shari-cho reach 0°C and lows reach -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho, Hokkaido
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall

5
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.
Head to Pola Museum of Art and Yokohama Minato Mirai 21for plenty of shopping. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Senso-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, wander the streets of Asakusa, and shop like a local with Takeshita Street.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip builder.

Getting from Shari-cho to Tokyo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Shari-cho, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 4°C. You will leave for home on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:
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Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

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