37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

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37 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly + Drive:  19​h 45​min
1
Numazu
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Shimoda
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Iwami-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
7
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
8
Zamami-son
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
9
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  18​h
End: Madison

4
nights
Numazu

Numazu ©
Numazu tourism focuses primarily on what lies just outside of the town, with the urban area providing a base for wider regional, natural explorations.
Let the collections at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Mount Fuji and Odoi Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Numazu: Terugasaki Beach (in Oiso-machi), Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba (in Izu) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Ita Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ose Beach, and explore the activities along Susono Fishing Park.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Numazu holiday builder app .

Madison, USA to Numazu is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Madison to Numazu is 15 hours. Traveling from Madison in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Numazu, with lows around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Shimoda.

Things to do in Numazu

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Izu, Hakone-machi, Terugasaki Beach, Susono Fishing Park, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

4
nights
Shimoda

Shimoda ©
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Otago Beach and Inatori Ukiuki Beach. Visiting Iwachi Beach and Koganezaki Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shimoda: Kumi Beach (in Matsuzaki-cho), Minamiizu Aloe Center (in Minamiizu-cho) and Tagosehama Beach (in Nishiizu-cho). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tatadohama Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kisami Ohama Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Iritahama Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hino Broccolini Garden.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Shimoda online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Numazu to Shimoda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Shimoda are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nishiizu-cho, Matsuzaki-cho, Minamiizu-cho, Inatori Ukiuki Beach
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 4:
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Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach
Koganezaki Beach ©
Koganezaki Beach
Sotoura Beach ©
Sotoura Beach

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Himeji Castle. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nara Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Dotonbori (in Osaka) and Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kyoto using our trip planner.

Traveling by train from Shimoda to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Shimoda in September since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Iwami-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji Castle, Dotonbori
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

3
nights
Iwami-cho

Iwami-cho ©
Get in touch with nature at Higashihama Beach and Uradome Seacoast Marine Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore and Uradome Coast. Step out of Iwami-cho with an excursion to Hawai Beach in Yurihama-cho--about 1h 10 min away.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Iwami-cho trip maker tool .

Drive from Kyoto to Iwami-cho in 4 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in September, expect nights in Iwami-cho to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are slightly colder, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Iwami-cho

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tottori Sand Dunes, Hawai Beach, Anami Beach
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Uradome Coast Oguri beach beaches ©
Uradome Coast Oguri beach beaches
Uradome Coast ©
Uradome Coast
Tottori Sand Dunes ©
Tottori Sand Dunes

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Itsukushima Shrine. Visiting Miyajima and Mikasahama Beach will get you outdoors. Take a break from Hiroshima with a short trip to Itsukushima Shrine Torii in Hatsukaichi, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

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Drive from Iwami-cho to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach and Sunayama Beach. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, and stroll through Nagamahama Beach Coast.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Miyakojima road trip app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, Miyakojima is somewhat warmer than Hiroshima - with highs of 87°F and lows of 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks 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
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.
Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Yaima Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Yonehara Beach and Akashi Beach. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Sukuji Beach, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, stroll through Kondoi Beach, and cruise along Nagurao Bridge.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Ishigaki trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In September in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Zamami-son.

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

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Gahijima Sand Dune and Aka Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Furuzamami Beach and Nishibama Beach. Go for a jaunt from Zamami-son to Kumejima-cho to see Hatenohama about 4h 15 min away. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hizushi Beach and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Zamami-son travel route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ishigaki to Zamami-son. September in Zamami-son sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Hatenohama
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Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Aka Beach ©
Aka Beach
Hatenohama ©
Hatenohama

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Suntory Museum of Art. Odaiba and Ghibli Museum Mitaka are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Moroiso Shores (in Miura), Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura) and Toi Beach (in Izu). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, wander the streets of Akihabara, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zamami-son to Tokyo. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Zamami-son in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 81°F and lows reach 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kōtoku-in, Toi Beach, Moroiso Shores, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 1:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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