41 days in Japan Itinerary

41 days in Japan Itinerary

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41 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Belgrade
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Onna-son
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Zamami-son
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Iwami-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
8
Nagoya
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
9
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Belgrade

3
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Akabaka Beach and Kise Beach. Get outdoors at Diamond Beach and Sea Glass Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Kadena-cho), Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (in Motobu-cho) and Shurijo Castle (in Naha). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nago citizen Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo, and don't miss a visit to Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Onna-son visit planner .

Belgrade, Serbia to Onna-son is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Belgrade to Onna-son. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Belgrade in April; daily highs in Onna-son reach 28°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nago, Akabaka Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Shurijo Castle
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

4
nights
Zamami-son

Zamami-son ©
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Take a break from the city and head to Gahijima Sand Dune and Hizushi Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Aharen Beach and Furuzamami Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Nishibama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Geruma Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kushibaru Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Zamami-son travel route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Onna-son to Zamami-son. April in Zamami-son sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Aharen Beach
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Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Yonehara Beach and Shiraho Beach. Cape Hirakubozaki and Nei Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. On the 18th (Thu), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Akashi Beach, stroll through Kondoi Beach, take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, and Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki road trip app .

Explore your travel options from Zamami-son to Ishigaki with the Route module. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visiting Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach and Nagamahama Beach Coast. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach and stroll through Aragusuku Beach.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. In April in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Visit Miyajima and Hiroshima Castle for their historical value. Let the collections at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima holiday planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Miyakojima in April; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Iwami-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama Castle
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 27:
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

4
nights
Iwami-cho

Iwami-cho ©
Visiting Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore and Higashihama Beach will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Natural house of San'in Kaigan Geopark sea and the earth and The Sand Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Iwami-cho side-trips: Mitaki Canyon (in Tottori), Chizushuku (in Chizu-cho) and Hattoji Furusatomura (in Bizen).

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Iwami-cho day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Hiroshima to Iwami-cho in 5 hours. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, expect nights in Iwami-cho to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Iwami-cho

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Tottori, Hattoji Furusatomura, Chizushuku
Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 1:
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Uradome Coast ©
Uradome Coast
Tottori Sand Dunes ©
Tottori Sand Dunes
The Sand Museum ©
The Sand Museum

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 Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple are in your itinerary. Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Hosomi Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara Park (in Nara) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Dotonbori, & more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner .

Getting from Iwami-cho to Kyoto by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from Iwami-cho in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
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Gion
Gion
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Appreciate the collections at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Ama Shippoyaki Art Village. Take a break from the city and head to Shinmaiko Marine Park and Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank. Take a break from Nagoya with a short trip to Inuyama Castle in Inuyama, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, identify plant and animal life at Yamazaki River, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nagoya online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in May: highs in Nagoya hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Inuyama Castle, Ama Shippoyaki Art Village, Shinmaiko Marine Park, Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank
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Yamazaki River ©
Yamazaki River
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sensō-ji and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). Have a day of magic on the 11th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, take in the exciting artwork at Wa Space, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Nagoya in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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