42 days in Japan Itinerary

42 days in Japan Itinerary

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42 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
4
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
7
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Takayama
— 2 nights
9
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
10
Shari-cho
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  8​h 45​min
11
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
12
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Singapore

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Kondoi Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Yonehara Beach and Kabira Bay. There's much more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and discover the deep blue sea with Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki online day trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Ishigaki is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Take a break from the city and head to Iriomote Island and Kayaking & Canoeing. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima tour planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Kayaking & Canoeing
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visiting Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aragusuku Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave, and kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Get outdoors at Takachiho Gorge and Kusasenri. Explore hidden gems such as Takachiho Shrine and Mt. Aso. Get out of town with these interesting Takachiho-cho side-trips: Nabegataki Falls (in Oguni-machi) and Aso (Daikanbo & Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, and take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho holiday builder app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Takachiho-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Miyakojima in July, Takachiho-cho is slightly colder at night with lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Mt. Aso, Nabegataki Falls
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

2
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Get outdoors at Miyajima and Mt. Misen. Your inner history buff will appreciate Itsukushima Shrine and Taikodani Inari Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Otome Mountain Path Maria Cathedral (in Tsuwano-cho). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, stroll around Momijidani Park, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mikasahama Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Hatsukaichi travel route builder .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Hatsukaichi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tsuwano-cho, Mashike Itsukushima Shrine, Kintaikyo Bridge
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Toji and Kodai-ji Temple. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Osaka Castle, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online route planner .

Traveling by train from Hatsukaichi to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osaka Castle
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kodai-ji Temple ©
Kodai-ji Temple

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 16th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kujirahama Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and then make a trip to Hashigui Rock.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nachikatsura-cho, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Kujirahama Beach, Hashigui Rock
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Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, then don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally steep yourself in history at Wada House. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, contemplate the long history of Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daio-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip builder website .

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Takayama in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Wada House ©
Wada House

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Sensō-ji and Kōtoku-in are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Asakusa Shrine and Zojoji Temple. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Hase-dera Temple in Kamakura--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, steep yourself in history at Yasukuni Shrine, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online journey maker .

You can drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 23:
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Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

4
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Step out of the city life by going to Shiretoko Goko Lake and Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Mashu and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Shari-cho side-trips: Rausu-cho (Shiretoko Highway & Shiretoko National Park). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io, take a memorable drive along Road to Heaven, and take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Shari-cho online trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tokyo to Shari-cho in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in July: high temperatures in Shari-cho hover around 25°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Rausu-cho, Lake Mashu, Mt. Io
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Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of the city life by going to Yakusugi Land and Tachudake. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, look for all kinds of wild species at Anbo River, and don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip planner .

Getting from Shari-cho to Yakushima-cho by combination of taxi and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Shari-cho in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Yakushima-cho: highs are around 35°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

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nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Daisekirinzan. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sefa-Utaki and Nakijin Castle Ruins. Change things up with these side-trips from Onna-son: Kouri-jima Island (in Nakijin-son) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Nago). There's more to do: look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Onna-son trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Onna-son

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Sefa-Utaki, Daisekirinzan, Nakijin Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan

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