40 days in Japan Itinerary

40 days in Japan Itinerary

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40 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  16​h 30​min
4
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Matsue
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Toyooka
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Tanabe
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
10
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
11
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Aragusuku Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Sunayama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, stroll through Toguchi no Hama, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, and take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip builder website .

London, UK to Miyakojima is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from London to Miyakojima, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in June, expect nights in Miyakojima to be much warmer, around 30°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time 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
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. Get outdoors at Cape Hirakubozaki and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. On the 7th (Fri), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory and look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki attractions planner .

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. June in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visit Ida no Hama Beach and Todomari Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Iriomote Island, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, identify plant and animal life at Nakama-river Protected Region, and admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Anbo River. Visiting Yakusugi Land and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall and make a trip to Wilson Stump.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho trip itinerary builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Iriomote-jima to Yakushima-cho. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in June, expect Yakushima-cho to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 16th (Sun), make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Yamato Museum, then don't miss a visit to Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see where to stay and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

4
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 in touch with nature at Akiya Beach and Koryo Kunibiki Coast. Get some cultural insight at Adachi Museum of Art and Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsue: Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center (in Ama-cho) and Izumo (Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, Karakama Shrine, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Matsue online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Matsue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Matsue are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Toyooka.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Izumo, Ama-cho, Adachi Museum of Art
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Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki 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.
Get in touch with nature at Uradome Seacoast Marine Park and Hamazume Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore and Uradome Coast. Change things up with these side-trips from Toyooka: Himeji Castle (in Himeji), The Sand Museum (in Tottori) and Takeda Castle Ruins (in Asago). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, browse the fresh offerings at Toyooka Sanchoku Magokoro Market, and contemplate the long history of Ine no Funaya.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Toyooka trip planning site .

You can drive from Matsue to Toyooka in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tanabe.

Things to do in Toyooka

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Iwami-cho, Ine no Funaya, The Sand Museum, Hamazume Beach, Takeda Castle Ruins
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ine no Funaya ©
Ine no Funaya
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins

2
nights
Tanabe

Tanabe ©
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oyunohara - Original Kumano Hongu Taisha Site, and then kick back and relax at Shirarahama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): stop by Nakata Foods Nakata Umeboshi Kobo, observe the fascinating underwater world at Adventure World, then examine the collection at Minakata Kumagusu Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Kumano Sansho Shrine.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tanabe vacation builder tool .

You can drive from Toyooka to Tanabe in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Shirahama-cho
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Shirarahama Beach ©
Shirarahama Beach
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotonbori and Nishiki Market. Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip app .

Drive from Tanabe to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kodai-ji Temple ©
Kodai-ji Temple

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Ranjo Forest. Get some cultural insight at Takayama Jinya and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakabe Dozogai (in Hida), Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo, look for gifts at Gallery Yotsui Artcrafts, and steep yourself in history at Ainokura Gassho Community.

For more things to do and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Ranjo Forest, Takayama Jinya, Sairin-ji Temple
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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Takeshita Street. Get some cultural insight at Sensō-ji and Pola Museum of Art. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Yokohama to see Minato Mirai 21 about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Odaiba, shop like a local with Asakusa, make a trip to Tokyo National Museum, and examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online attractions planner .

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Minato Mirai 21, Pola Museum of Art
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21

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