37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Tokashiki-son
— 1 night
2
Onna-son
— 4 nights
3
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
4
Biei-cho
— 3 nights
5
Shakotan-cho
— 1 night
6
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
7
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
8
Kyoto
— 5 nights
9
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
10
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
11
Ishigaki
— 5 nights

1
night
Tokashiki-son

Tokashiki-son ©
On the 1st (Tue), go for a stroll along the water at Tokashiki Port Passenger Terminal, look for gifts at Shingaki Shoten, thenkick back and relax at Aharen Beach, thenhead off the coast to Hanari Island, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Uminchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Tokashiki History and Folklore Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Ariga, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Tokashiku Beach, thenstep off the mainland to explore Tokashiki-jima Island, and finally step off the mainland to explore Kerama Islands.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokashiki-son trip builder.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Tokashiki-son is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Tokashiki-son due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in September, plan for little chillier days in Tokashiki-son, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Onna-son.

Things to do in Tokashiki-son

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kerama Islands
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Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Tokashiku Beach
Tokashiku Beach
Tokashiki-jima Island ©
Tokashiki-jima Island

4
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Escape the urban bustle at Sun Marina Beach and Blue Cave. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kemmin no Mori Forest Science Museum and Zakimi Castle Ruins. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Manza Beach, make a trip to Cape Maeda, head outdoors with Moon Beach, and walk around Onna Seaside Cizil Park Nabii Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Onna-son road trip planning website.

Drive from Tokashiki-son to Onna-son in 2.5 hours. In September in Onna-son, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Zakimi Castle Ruins
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Manza Beach ©
Manza Beach
Zakimi Castle Ruins ©
Zakimi Castle Ruins
Onna Station Nakayukui Market ©
Onna Station Nakayukui Market

3
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.
Shiretoko Museum and Kita no Alp Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Shiretoko Nature Center. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, explore the striking landscape at Oronko Rock, cruise along Road to Heaven, and take a peaceful walk through Shiretoko 100 Square-Meter Trust Forest.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho trip builder website.

You can fly from Onna-son to Shari-cho in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Onna-son in September, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Shari-cho: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Godzilla Rock ©
Godzilla Rock
Road to Heaven ©
Road to Heaven
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls

3
nights
Biei-cho

Biei-cho ©
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Step out of the city life by going to Patchwork no Michi and Parent & Child Tree (Biei-cho). Explore hidden gems such as Shikisai no Oka and Shirahige Falls. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Biei Shrine, identify plant and animal life at Shirogane Blue Pond, and head outdoors with Ken & Mary Tree.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Biei-cho attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Shari-cho to Biei-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Patchwork no Michi ©
Patchwork no Michi
Shirahige Falls ©
Shirahige Falls

1
night
Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho ©
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Kamui Lighthouse, explore the striking landscape at Cape Kamui, thenexplore the activities along Shimamu Beach, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sakotandake.

Plan a Shakotan-cho trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Biei-cho to Shakotan-cho takes 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Biei-cho in September since evenings lows in Shakotan-cho dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Relax by the water at Gongenmori Beach and Mikawa Beach. Popular historic sites such as Ainokura Gassho Community and Higashichaya Old Town are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Komatsu (Minowa Hachiman Shrine, Natadera Temple, &more), Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice (in Kaga) and Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community, Gokayama, &more). There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, examine the collection at Dolls Museum, and don't miss a visit to Kazuemachi Tea House Street.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shakotan-cho to Kanazawa. When traveling from Shakotan-cho in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Kanazawa, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Nanto, Komatsu, Hakusan, Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice, Gongenmori Beach
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

2
nights
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 18th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Taiji Whale Museum, get outside with Kujirahama Beach, don't miss a visit to Katsuura Kyochiho Oroshiuri Ichiba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Nachi Primeval Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall, head off the coast to Kinomatsushima Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudarakusanji Temple, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho day trip app.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Nachikatsura-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nachikatsura-cho when traveling from Kanazawa in September, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Taiji-cho
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Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine

5
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 Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tenryuji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Tofuku-ji Temple and Shimogamo Jinja. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurama-dera, make a trip to Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Pontocho District, and take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planning tool.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in September, expect slightly colder with lows of °C in Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
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Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Relax by the water at Sunayama Beach and Yonaha Maehama Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Yabiji and Shigira Beach. There's lots more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, examine the collection at Miyakojima City Museum, head outdoors with Sea Sky Hakuai, and kick back and relax at Nagamahama Beach Coast.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Miyakojima trip website.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Miyakojima takes 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in September since evenings lows in Miyakojima dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hoshisuna Beach and Shirahama Port. Visit Ida no Hama Beach and Haemida Beach for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi, and admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 5 hours. In September in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Kuroshima Research Institute and Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Kuro-shima (Fuki Beach, Nakamoto Beach, &more) and Kohama-jima (Hairumubushi Beach & Kubazaki Beach). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, identify plant and animal life at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, head outdoors with Maezato Beach, and take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki travel itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kuro-shima, Kohama-jima, Kondoi Beach, Island Countryside Settlement
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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