44 days in Japan Itinerary

44 days in Japan Itinerary

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44 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Fly:  24​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
+3
train + taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
4
Matsue
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+3
train + subway + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Zamami-son
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h
8
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
9
Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
ferry:  4​h
10
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
11
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Kalamazoo

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Samurai Museum. Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, shop like a local with Asakusa, and make a trip to Harajuku Takeshita-dori.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo visit site .

Kalamazoo, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 24-hour flight. Traveling from Kalamazoo to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kalamazoo in June, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory and Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Oyama Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Suganuma Gassho Community (in Nanto), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, & more) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and take a spin around town with Rail - MTB Gattan Go!!.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa attractions planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Suganuma Gassho Community, Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yasaka Shrine and Nigatsu-do Temple. Get some historical perspective at Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Nara Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Jishu Shrine
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Adachi Museum of Art and Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Akiya Beach and Yaegaki Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Matsue side-trips: Oki Chibu Red Cliff (in Chibu-mura), Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center (in Ama-cho) and Izumo (Former Taisha Station, Hinomisaki Shrine, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Kuniga Shores, step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tamatsukuriyu Shrine.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Matsue online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Kyoto to Matsue takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. June in Matsue sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Izumo, Ama-cho, Adachi Museum of Art, Oki Chibu Red Cliff, Kuniga Shores
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Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Hinomisaki Shrine ©
Hinomisaki Shrine

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Misen and Mikasahama Beach. Appreciate the collections at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Miyajima, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Matsue to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yakusugi Land and Nagata Inakahama. Step out of the city life by going to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Tachudake. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mocchomudake, and make a trip to Wilson Stump.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip planning site .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

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

2
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Aharen Beach and Gahijima Sand Dune. Get in touch with nature at Furuzamami Beach and Nishibama Beach. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hizushi Beach, step off the mainland to explore Zamami Island, and kick back and relax at Tokashiku Beach.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Zamami-son trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yakushima-cho to Zamami-son. In June, Zamami-son is a bit warmer than Yakushima-cho - with highs of 85°F and lows of 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tokashiki-son
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Tokashiku Beach
Tokashiku Beach
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stop by Pinion Direct Shop, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki online day trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zamami-son to Ishigaki. In June, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Nakano Beach and Todomari Beach. Get in touch with nature at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Iriomote Island. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Funauki Village, make a trip to Heritiera Littoralis Tree of Nakama River, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In June in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 81°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach
Nakano Beach ©
Nakano Beach

5
nights
Miyakojima

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 Toguchi no Hama. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sunayama Beach and Yonaha Maehama Beach. There's lots more to do: stroll through Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji.

Before you visit Miyakojima, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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 a sense of the local culture at Takachiho Shrine and Amano Iwato Shrine. Get some historical perspective at Amanoyasu Kawara and Amanomanai. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takachiho-cho: Ogi Rice Terraces (in Ubuyama-mura), Okuragahama Beach (in Hyuga) and Aso (Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine, Daikanbo, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, identify plant and animal life at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, and take in the dramatic scenery at Unokono-taki.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Takachiho-cho trip planner .

Getting from Miyakojima to Takachiho-cho by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 74°F in Takachiho-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Unokono-taki, Ogi Rice Terraces, Heitate Shrine, Okuragahama Beach
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

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