41 days in Japan Itinerary

41 days in Japan Itinerary

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41 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  22​h
1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  5​h 45​min
4
Nakijin-son
— 2 nights
taxi + ferry:  4​h 30​min
5
Kumejima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
7
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
8
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
10
Ito
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
11
Hakuba-mura
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
13
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Athens

3
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aragusuku Beach and Irabu-jima Island. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Kayaking & Canoeing. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, and don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip maker tool .

Athens, Greece to Miyakojima is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from Athens to Miyakojima, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Athens in April: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 29°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 29:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Pinaisara Falls. Get in touch with nature at Iriomote Island and Nara no Taki Falls. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, make a trip to Heritiera Littoralis Tree of Nakama River, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and admire the sheer force of Kura Falls.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima online travel route planner .

Ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Mizuochi Falls ©
Mizuochi Falls

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Yarabudake. Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Banna Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Kabira Park, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki day trip app .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nakijin-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay May 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Yarabudake ©
Yarabudake

2
nights
Nakijin-son

Nakijin-son ©
Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
Step out of the city life by going to Daisekirinzan and USS Emmons. Explore hidden gems such as Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park and Akabaka Beach. Step out of Nakijin-son to go to Higashi-son and see Kayaking & Canoeing, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Kouri-jima Island, head outdoors with Katsuu-dake, meet the residents at Okichan Theater, and take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nakijin-son online travel route builder .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ishigaki to Nakijin-son in 6 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in May, things will get slightly colder in Nakijin-son: highs are around 30°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Kumejima-cho.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Katsuu-dake, Daisekirinzan
Find places to stay May 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan
Katsuu-dake ©
Katsuu-dake
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©

3
nights
Kumejima-cho

Kumejima-cho ©
The town of Kumejima-cho spans several islands, including the main island of the same name.
Take a break from the city and head to Hatenohama and Ojima Coast. Step off the beaten path and head to Kumejima Island and Tsumugi Bridge. There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Tonbara, explore the ancient world of Uegusukujo Castle Ruin, see the interesting displays at Kumejima Hotaru Kan, and admire all the interesting features of Kumejima Uma Bokujo.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kumejima-cho trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Nakijin-son to Kumejima-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kumejima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Hatenohama ©
Hatenohama
Kumejima Island ©
Kumejima Island
Ojima Island ©
Ojima Island

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Daikanbo and Amanoyasu Kawara. Visiting Mt. Aso and Kusasenri will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Ogi Rice Terraces in Ubuyama-mura (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and explore the striking landscape at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Kumejima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Kumejima-cho in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Takachiho-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Ogi Rice Terraces, Mt. Aso
Find places to stay May 11 — 14:
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Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls
Kusasenri ©
Kusasenri
Mt. Aso ©
Mt. Aso

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.
Visiting Oko no Taki Fall and Tachudake will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yakusugi Land and Wilson Stump. The adventure continues: stroll through Seibu Trail and take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip builder tool .

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho by combination of train, flight, and taxi takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Seibu Trail ©
Seibu Trail
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

1
night
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 18th (Sat), take in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Paddle Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Momijidani Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine Torii.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hatsukaichi trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hatsukaichi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May in Hatsukaichi, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can take a train to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen
Paddle Park ©
Paddle Park
Momijidani Park ©
Momijidani Park

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Take a break from the city and head to Hashigui Rock and Nachi Mitaki Falls. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kumano Nachi Taisha and Ichimai-iwa. Venture out of the city with trips to Tamakiyama (in Totsukawa-mura), Taki no Hai (in Kozagawa-cho) and Umikongo (in Kushimoto-cho). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kinomatsushima Island, and explore the activities along Kajitorizaki.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Hatsukaichi to Nachikatsura-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hatsukaichi in May since evenings lows in Nachikatsura-cho dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Ito.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kushimoto-cho, Kozagawa-cho, Kumano Hayatama Taisha, Tamakiyama, Kajitorizaki
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Umikongo ©
Umikongo
Hashigui Rock ©
Hashigui Rock

2
nights
Ito

Ito ©
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jogasaki Coast and Mount Nesugatayama Observatory. Get in touch with nature at Mt. Mihara and Tsumekizaki Tawara Iso Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Hino Broccolini Garden (in Minamiizu-cho), Ura Desert (in Oshima-machi) and Kawazu-cho (Kappa no Tera Seisoku-ji Temple & Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Ikeda 20th Century Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Omuro, and hike along Jogasaki Beach Picnical Course.

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

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Ito takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Ito can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Ito

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Shimoda, Oshima-machi, Kawazu-cho, Hino Broccolini Garden
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Omuro ©
Mount Omuro
Mt. Mihara ©
Mt. Mihara
Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls ©
Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls

3
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park and Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden. Take a break from the city and head to Hakuba and Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakuba-mura: Togakushi Shrine Okusha (in Nagano), Ushikata Inn (in Otari-mura) and Tateyama-machi (Mt. Tateyama & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Kitaone Kogen Highland.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hakuba-mura driving holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Ito to Hakuba-mura in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ito in May since evenings lows in Hakuba-mura dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Togakushi Shrine Okusha, Ushikata Inn
Find places to stay May 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Mt. Tateyama ©
Mt. Tateyama
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park ©
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park

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nights
Nozawaonsen-mura

Nozawaonsen-mura ©
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shiga Kogen and Shin-etsu Trail. Get in touch with nature at Nozawa Onsen and Shigakogen Plateau. When in Nozawaonsen-mura, make a side trip to see Akakan Ski Area in Myoko, approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, don't miss a visit to Ogama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ajisaidera Kogen-in Temple, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hokuryu Lake.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nozawaonsen-mura tour itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Nozawaonsen-mura in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Nozawaonsen-mura are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Iiyama, Yamanouchi-machi, Akakan Ski Area
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen

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nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Visiting Hanazono Niseko Resort and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Rusutsu Resort Ski and Boot Solutions Niseko. Venture out of the city with trips to Yoichi-cho (Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery & Asadaen Farm). It doesn't end there: head outdoors with Niseko Outdoor Center and tour the pleasant surroundings at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kutchan-cho trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nozawaonsen-mura to Kutchan-cho. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nozawaonsen-mura in June: highs in Kutchan-cho hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Yoichi-cho, Niseko-cho, Rusutsu Resort Ski
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski

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