36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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36 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Winnipeg
Fly + Drive:  26​h
1
Itoman
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Kumejima-cho
— 3 nights
+4
Ferry + Foot + Train + Fly + Taxi:  8​h
3
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h
4
Kagoshima
— 4 nights
Train:  3​h
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  4​h
6
Kochi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  3​h 30​min
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
8
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
10
Nikko
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
11
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Winnipeg

3
nights
Itoman

Itoman ©
Itoman is a city located in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Get in touch with nature at Aharen Beach and Okinawa World Bunka Okoku Gyokusendo. Do your shopping at Ashibina Outlet Mall and Umanchu Market. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Itoman: Furuzamami Beach (in Zamami-son), Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo) and Nagannu Island (in Tokashiki-son). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, get outside with Cape Kyan, steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri, and take an in-depth tour of Himeyuri Peace Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Itoman attractions app .

Winnipeg, Canada to Itoman is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Winnipeg to Itoman. In March, Itoman is much warmer than Winnipeg - with highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kumejima-cho.

Things to do in Itoman

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Nanjo, Tomigusuku, Tokashiki-son, Furuzamami Beach
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Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

3
nights
Kumejima-cho

Kumejima-cho ©
The town of Kumejima-cho spans several islands, including the main island of the same name.
On the 30th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Majyano Churafukugi, then contemplate the long history of Kumejima Nature Park Tonnahaenchi, and then kick back and relax at Eef Beach. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Akamine Pineapple Garden, examine the collection at Kumejima Hotaru Kan, then take in the dramatic natural features at Torinokuchi Rock, then head off the coast to Hatenohama, and finally get outside with Tsumugi Bridge.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Kumejima-cho trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Itoman to Kumejima-cho in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kumejima-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hatenohama ©
Hatenohama
Eef Beach ©
Eef Beach

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yakusugi Land and Yakusugi Museum. Get outdoors at Janokuchinotaki Falls and Isso Beach. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Sandaisugi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaku Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kawakamisugi, and take in the views from Kosugidani Bridge.

Make your Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kumejima-cho to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, flight, ferry, and car. In April, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is slightly colder than Kumejima-cho - with highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach
Yakusugi Museum ©
Yakusugi Museum

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sengan-en Garden and Buried Shrine Gate. Get in touch with nature at Chiringashima and Takachiho no Mine. Go for a jaunt from Kagoshima to Minamikyushu to see Kamafuta Shirine about 1h 25 min away. It doesn't end there: browse the range of quality goods at Yamakataya Kagoshima and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Terukuni Shrine.

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Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho to Kagoshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Traveling from Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kagoshima, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Chiringashima, Kamafuta Shirine
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Buried Shrine Gate ©
Buried Shrine Gate
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Kamafuta Shirine ©
Kamafuta Shirine

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 8th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima, take a stroll through Kamiyacho, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and finally explore the activities along Motoyasu River.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Hiroshima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle
Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima ©
Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima

2
nights
Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): browse the fresh offerings at Hirome Ichiba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, then go for a stroll along the water at Katsurahama Beach, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ryoma Sakamoto Memorial Museum. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Kochi Castle, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ryugado Cave, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Takashi Yanase Kinenkan Anpanman Museum.

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Traveling by combination of train and bus from Hiroshima to Kochi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In April, daily temperatures in Kochi can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Beaches Museums

Side Trips

Kami, Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture
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Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple
Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nijo-jo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji will appeal to history buffs. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Hikone Castle (in Hikone) and Nara (Mt. Wakakusa & Nara Park). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Kochi to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Hikone Castle
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Popular historic sites such as Ainokura Gassho Community and Natadera Temple are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Gokayama. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Kakusenkei Gorge (in Kaga), Amaharashi Coast (in Takaoka) and Suganuma Gassho Community (in Nanto). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirayama Hime Shrine.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kyoto in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nanto, Natadera Temple, Kakusenkei Gorge, Ski Jam Katsuyama, Amaharashi Coast
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 19:
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

2
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.
On the 19th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Kusakabe Folk Museum, admire the striking features of Yoshijima Heritage House, take an in-depth tour of Takayama Showa Museum, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, and finally stop by Hida Bussankan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Myozenji Temple, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Traditional Houses in the Gassho Style, then examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, and finally savor the flavors at Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Takayama trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:
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Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, then steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Nikko Okaki Factory, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, then go for a walk through Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takinoo Shrine.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Takayama to Nikko in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Takayama in April, Nikko is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Spas
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Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Mt. Nantai ©
Mt. Nantai

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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.
You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Senso-ji Temple and Yasukuni Shrine. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa), Hakone Shisseikaen (in Hakone-machi) and Showa Kinen Park (in Tachikawa). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, browse the eclectic array of goods at Tsukiji Market, wander the streets of Ueno, and kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nikko in April, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are little chillier (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Museums

Side Trips

Enoshima Island, Hakone Shisseikaen, Showa Kinen Park
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 28:
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Ueno ©
Ueno

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