38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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38 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
3
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Matsue
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Toyooka
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Nachikatsura-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Ise
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
10
Hakodate
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Sat), kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki tour itinerary planner .

Valletta, Malta to Ishigaki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Valletta to Ishigaki. In October, Ishigaki is a bit warmer than Valletta - with highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

4
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 Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, stroll through Yonaha Maehama Beach, and kick back and relax at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip planner .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Takachiho Shrine and Kaguraden. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Amano Iwato Shrine and Daikanbo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takachiho-cho: Ikeyama Springs (in Ubuyama-mura), Onsen Resorts (in Minamioguni-machi) and Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine (in Aso). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, and contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Takachiho-cho route maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Takachiho-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Miyakojima in November, expect nights in Takachiho-cho to be much colder, around 10°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Ikeyama Springs, Onsen Resorts, Mt. Aso, Takachiho Shrine
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 4:
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Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Adachi Museum of Art and Former Taisha Station. Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse and Susa Shrine will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsue: Izumo (Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, Hinomisaki Shrine, & more), Daisen (in Daisen-cho) and Mizuki Shigeru Museum (in Sakaiminato). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum, explore the activities along Shinji Lake, and wander the streets of Mihonoseki.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Matsue trip maker .

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Matsue by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In November in Matsue, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Toyooka.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Izumo, Shinji Lake, Daisen, Mizuki Shigeru Museum, Adachi Museum of Art
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:
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Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Susa Shrine ©
Susa Shrine
Kamosu Shrine ©
Kamosu Shrine

4
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Takeda Castle Ruins and Onitakeinari Shrine. Popular historic sites such as Street of Kinosaki Onsen and Yoneda Taishiji Temple are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Toyooka side-trips: Ine no Funaya (in Ine-cho), Miyazu (Kyu Mikamiye House & Amanohashidate) and Iwami-cho (Natural house of San'in Kaigan Geopark sea and the earth & Uradome Coast). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The Sand Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashima Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, and browse the fresh offerings at Toyooka Sanchoku Magokoro Market.

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

Drive from Matsue to Toyooka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Toyooka sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Iwami-cho, Fukuchiyama, Takasago, Miyazu, The Sand Museum
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 12:
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Ine no Funaya ©
Ine no Funaya
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen

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.
Popular historic sites such as Tofuku-ji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple are in your itinerary. Tenryuji Temple and Byodoin are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Kasuga Grand Shrine). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Yasaka Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, and wander the streets of Pontocho.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip app .

Traveling by car from Toyooka to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Byodoin
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 17:
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Toji ©
Toji

3
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Get some cultural insight at Kumano Nachi Taisha and Daiuma Shrine. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kumano Hayatama Taisha and Nachi Mitaki Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Kumano (Onigajo, Matsumoto Toge, & more) and Kamikura Shrine (in Shingu). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, and contemplate the waterfront views at Nachi Forest.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho vacation builder tool .

Drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Kyoto in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Nachikatsura-cho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

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nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Visit Ise Shrine Geku and Sarutahiko Shrine for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oharai-machi and Toba Aquarium. Venture out of the city with trips to Takinomiya (in Taiki-cho), Kumano Kodo Magose Pass (in Kihoku-cho) and Itsukinomiya Hall for Historical Experience (in Meiwa-cho). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck, steep yourself in history at Hinjitsukan, and make a trip to Magose-toge Pass.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ise trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in November: highs in Ise hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Shima, Toba, Magose-toge Pass, Itsukinomiya Hall for Historical Experience, Takinomiya
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 24:
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Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

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nights
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 Takayama Jinya and Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Ainokura Gassho Community. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Takayama (Higashiyama Walking Course & Daio-ji Temple), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Tenshukakau Observatory, & more) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, take a stroll through Gokayama, steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, and explore the historical opulence of Maruoka Castle.

To plan Kanazawa vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Ise to Kanazawa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Ise in November, with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Maruoka Castle, Kita Family House
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 28:
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Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): try your luck at Hakodate Horse Racetrack, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kameda Hachimangu Shrine, then steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Motomachi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yafurai Tenmangu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappist Monasteries, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Onuma Park Walking Path.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hakodate trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Hakodate takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kanazawa in November: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 10°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Hokuto, Onuma Park Walking Path
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©

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