38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
2
Matsue
— 3 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
4
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
5
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
6
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
7
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
8
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
9
Nagoya
— 3 nights
10
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
11
Tokyo
— 5 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Arashiyama, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Glasgow, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Glasgow to Kyoto, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glasgow in May: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 29°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Matsue.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
Find places to stay May 18 — 23:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Step off the beaten path and head to Adachi Museum of Art and Susa Shrine. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Yaegaki Shrine and Kamosu Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Izumo (Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, Former Taisha Station, &more) and Mizuki Shigeru Museum (in Sakaiminato). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Matsue Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miho Shrine.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsue online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kyoto to Matsue in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art, Shinji Lake, Mizuki Shigeru Museum
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
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Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Susa Shrine ©
Susa 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Itsukushima Shrine Torii (in Hatsukaichi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Matsue to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Tobishima Kaido
Find places to stay May 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Nagata Inakahama, then don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

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

Getting from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. In May in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 29 — 31:
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

2
nights
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): go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally admire the sheer force of Manai Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Shirakawa Springs and then take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka.

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You can do a combination of ferry and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. In May in Takachiho-cho, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shirakawa Springs
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:
Highlights from your plan
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

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Do a combination of flight and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Iriomote-jima in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In June, Iriomote-jima is a bit warmer than Takachiho-cho - with highs of 37°C and lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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.
Get some historical perspective at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Get outdoors at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Spend the 7th (Tue) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, get great views at Cape Ongazaki, and don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In June in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Yabiji and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get outdoors at Aragusuku Beach and Irabu-jima Island. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima planning app.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In June in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hikone Castle and Little World. Museum-lovers will appreciate Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and SCMAGLEV and Railway Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Nakasendo Magome-juku (in Nakatsugawa), Iwamura Historical Town (in Ena) and Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Genkyuen Garden.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nagoya trip planner.

Fly from Miyakojima to Nagoya in 5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Miyakojima in June: high temperatures in Nagoya hover around 28°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Hikone, Inuyama, Nakasendo Magome-juku, Iwamura Historical Town
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku
Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple. Let the collections at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Higashiyama Walking Course). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine, stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

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 appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Samurai Museum. Popular historic sites such as Hase-dera Temple and Senso-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in). There's much more to do: make a trip to Nezu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo travel site.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Tokyo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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