36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 3 nights
2
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
3
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
4
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
5
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
8
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
9
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
10
Hokuto
— 4 nights
11
Tokyo
— 3 nights
12
Nikko
— 3 nights

3
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Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Shop till you drop at Dotombori District and Grand Front Osaka. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kongobu-ji Temple and Mt. Koya. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Meisen-in Temple, Kangaku-in Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, look for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

Calgary, Canada to Osaka is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 16 hour difference. Traveling from Calgary in August, you will find days in Osaka are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are warmer (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Koya-cho
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Yukishio Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, go for a walk through Imugya Marine Garden, and step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Miyakojima takes 4.5 hours. In August in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. Do your shopping at Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Art. The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, stroll around Kabira Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sukuji Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ishigaki are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, thenadmire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and finally skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On your second day here, head off the coast to Barasu Island and then head outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima day trip website.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Barasu Island ©
Barasu Island

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, thengo for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine. Keep things going the next day: stop by Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino, thenmake a trip to Shirakawa Springs, and then take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho sightseeing site.

Traveling by flight from Iriomote-jima to Takachiho-cho takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Takachiho-cho, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Minamiaso-mura
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Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Discover out-of-the-way places like JMSDF Kure Museum and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Get a sense of the local culture at Yamato Museum and Daishoin Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

Find out how to plan Hiroshima trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Kintaikyo Bridge
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

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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 Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakurafor some retail therapy. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planning tool.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Hashigui Rock, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha.

Discover how to plan a Nachikatsura-cho trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °C in Nachikatsura-cho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Maruoka Castle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Tenshukakau Observatory, &more) and Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community & Gokayama). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, stop by Lacquer Ware Nosaku, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa day trip app.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in September, Kanazawa is slightly colder at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hokuto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Maruoka Castle, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

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Hokuto

Hokuto ©
The small city of Hokuto sits amid some big scenery.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Akeno Area and Pola Museum of Art. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino and Kaichi Gakko Primary School. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hokuto: Itchiku Kubota Art Museum (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), Matsumoto (Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, Matsumoto City Art Museum, &more) and Suwa Shrine (in Suwa). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ryugatake, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and sample the fine beverages at Suntory Hakushu Distillery.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hokuto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Hokuto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. September in Hokuto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hokuto

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Matsumoto, Hakone-machi, Mount Fuji, Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
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Akeno Area ©
Akeno Area
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino

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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.
For shopping fun, head to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 or Asakusa. Get some cultural insight at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Next up on the itinerary: visit Odaiba District, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and take a stroll through Takeshita Street.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary planning app.

Drive from Hokuto to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hokuto in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

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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.
Oya History Museum and Italian Embassy House Memorial Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Taiyuimbyo Shrine and Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine. Explore Nikko's surroundings by going to Utsunomiya (Tochigi Prefectural Museum & Oya temple). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, get to know the fascinating history of Cryptomeria Avenue, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain, and take in the dramatic scenery at Urami Waterfall.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko day trip planning app.

Drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Nikko are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Utsunomiya
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Oya History Museum ©
Oya History Museum
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji

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