38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Berlin
Fly:  19 h 15 min
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Naha
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
5
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Ise
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
9
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
10
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Berlin

3
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.
Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yurateiku Market and Iko Pier. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Kuro-shima (Kuroshima Lighthouse & Kuroshima Research Institute). The adventure continues: make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, walk around Banna Park, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip builder.

Berlin, Germany to Ishigaki is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuro-shima, Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kuroshima Research Institute ©
Kuroshima Research Institute

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get some cultural insight at Harimizu Utaki and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. Explore hidden gems such as Makiyama Observatory and Painagama Beach. There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Imugya Marine Garden, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, see the interesting displays at Miyakojima City Traditional Crafts Center, and take in the views from Kurima Bridge.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima sightseeing planning website.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 3:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Painagama Beach ©
Painagama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse

5
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
The Tower of Himeyuri and Zakimi Castle Ruins will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tropical Dream Center and Tokashiki-jima Island. Explore Naha's surroundings by going to Motobu-cho (Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, Emerald Beach, &more), Itoman (Himeyuri Peace Museum & Okinawa Peace Memorial Park) and Nakijin-son (Nakijin Castle Ruins & Kouri Beach). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, explore the world behind art at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Furuzamami Beach, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Naha trip builder tool.

Getting from Miyakojima to Naha by flight takes about 2.5 hours. March in Naha sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Itoman, Tokashiki-son, Zamami-son, Nakijin-son
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 8:
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Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Kouri Beach ©
Kouri Beach
The Tower of Himeyuri ©
The Tower of Himeyuri

4
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum and Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Yutoku Inari Shrine and The Confucian Temple, the Chinese Museum of Successive Generations. Explore Nagasaki's surroundings by going to Sasebo (Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara, &more) and Unzen (Manmyoji Temple, Unzen Jigoku (Unzen Hell), &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine, examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, and appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In March, Nagasaki is a bit cooler than Naha - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sasebo, Unzen, Yutoku Inari Shrine
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 12:
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Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine
Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum ©
Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum

2
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 13th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Omoto Shrine, steep yourself in history at Iwakuni Castle, and then take in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, and finally stroll around Momijidani Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hatsukaichi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Hatsukaichi sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Iwakuni
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Iwakuni Castle ©
Iwakuni Castle

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.
Get some historical perspective at Koyasan Danjo Garan and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Chion-in Temple and Shimogamo Jinja. Venture out of the city with trips to Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara), Byodoin (in Uji) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Kongobu-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hatsukaichi to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Kofuku-ji Temple, Byodoin
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 18:
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Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Chion-in Temple ©
Chion-in Temple
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

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 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): examine the collection at Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, thenmake a trip to Daimonzaka, and finally make a trip to Hashigui Rock.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in March, Nachikatsura-cho is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meotoiwa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, thenmake a trip to Oharai-machi, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Shrine Geku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Shinmei Shrine, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Ise itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in March, expect nights in Ise to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Toba, Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 22:
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Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Futami Okitama Shrine ©
Futami Okitama Shrine

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.
Get some cultural insight at Kanda house and Suganuma Gassho Community. Museum-lovers will get to explore Takayama Showa Museum and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Eiheiji-cho (Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple & Eiheijiguchi Station Old Building). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, wander the streets of Gokayama, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory.

You can plan Kanazawa trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Drive from Ise to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in March, Kanazawa is slightly colder at night with lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Eiheiji-cho, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 26:
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Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

6
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.
Appreciate the collections at Fire Museum and Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja and Jindai-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kashima Jingu (in Kashima), Itchiku Kubota Art Museum (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Narita (Naritasan Omote Sando & Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, and admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kanazawa in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Narita, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, Katori Jingu Shrine
Find places to stay Mar 26 — Apr 1:
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Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja ©
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja
Katori Jingu Shrine
Katori Jingu Shrine
Jindai-ji Temple ©
Jindai-ji Temple

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