44 days in Japan Itinerary

44 days in Japan Itinerary

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44 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly + train:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Matsue
— 2 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  45​min
5
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
ferry:  4​h
6
Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 15​min
7
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h
8
Izumisano
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Kyoto
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
10
Zamami-son
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Kumejima-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Onna-son
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
13
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h
End: Portland


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5
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've added Shibuya Crossing, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kids will enjoy Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and Koajiro Forest. Visiting Moroiso Shores and Enoshima Island will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Minato Mirai 21 (in Yokohama) and Kamakura (Kamakura City Farmers' Market & Engaku-ji Temple). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, take a stroll through Ueno, and look for gifts at Sekaido Shinjuku Honten.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder site .

Portland, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Portland to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 74°F. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Shimoda.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Miura, Minato Mirai 21, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Enoshima Island
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Engaku-ji Temple ©
Engaku-ji Temple

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Adachi Museum of Art and Hinomisaki Coast. Get outdoors at Shinji Lake and Oni no Shitaburui. Get out of town with these interesting Matsue side-trips: Izumo (Izumo Taisha Shrine & Former Taisha Station), Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography (in Hoki-cho) and Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Yasugi). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine and explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Matsue driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Tokyo to Matsue takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July in Matsue, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Izumo, Yasugi, Shinji Lake, Oni no Shitaburui, Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:
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Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 17th (Sat), look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then stroll through Miyajima, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mikasahama Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip tool .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. Visiting Cape Hirakubozaki and Mt.Omotodake will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, and pause for some photo ops at Yoko Gushiken Monument.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In August, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Miyakojima City Museum. Visit Miyako Shrine and Ammama Utaki for their historical value. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast, snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

Plan my day in Miyakojima using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes an hour. In August in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 80°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

4
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Iriomote Island. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Nakano Beach and Hoshisuna Beach. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Funauki Village, and admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 4 hours. August in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 81°F at night. You will leave for Yakushima-cho on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Yakusugi Land and Tashiro Beach. Get outdoors at Isso Beach and Mt. Mocchomudake. There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake and see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center.

For photos and more tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho trip builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Iriomote-jima to Yakushima-cho. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Yakushima-cho, with lows of 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Izumisano.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach
Mt. Mocchomudake ©
Mt. Mocchomudake

3
nights
Izumisano

Izumisano ©
Tourists usually visit Izumisano for its proximity to the massive Kansai International Airport.
You've now added KIX Airport Lounge to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): get some fabulous bargains at Rinku Premium Outlets. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, and then kick back and relax at Amore Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Izumisano visit planning website .

You can drive from Kyoto to Izumisano in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 78°F. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Izumisano

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Amore Beach
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Popular historic sites such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take in the exciting artwork at Kyoto WaGlass Gion Gallery, examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum, and wander the streets of Gion.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Izumisano to Kyoto takes 2 hours. August in Kyoto sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 77°F at night. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
On the 26th (Mon), kick back and relax at Furuzamami Beach, stop by Shingaki Shoten, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aharen Beach. On your second day here, cruise along Geruma Bridge, then kick back and relax at Gahijima Sand Dune, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kushibaru Beach, and finally stroll through Hizushi Beach.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Zamami-son vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kyoto to Zamami-son. In August, daily temperatures in Zamami-son can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kumejima-cho.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Tokashiki-son
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Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach

2
nights
Kumejima-cho

Kumejima-cho ©
The town of Kumejima-cho spans several islands, including the main island of the same name.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Kumejima Hotaru Kan, explore the gorgeous colors at Tonbara, then stroll through Hatenohama, and finally take a memorable drive along Tsumugi Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Kumejima Island, explore the ancient world of Uegusukujo Castle Ruin, and then stroll through Eef Beach.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kumejima-cho trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zamami-son to Kumejima-cho. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Kumejima-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hatenohama ©
Hatenohama
Kumejima Island ©
Kumejima Island
Eef Beach ©
Eef Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Zampa, and then stroll through Nirai Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Onna-son holiday planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kumejima-cho to Onna-son in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Onna-son are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yomitan-son, Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum, Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, Nakijin Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nirai Beach ©
Nirai Beach
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

3
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Mt. Amagi Tunnel (Former Amagi Tunnel), admire the sheer force of Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Inatori Ukiuki Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi travel tool .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Onna-son to Hakone-machi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Onna-son in September; daily highs in Hakone-machi reach 70°F and lows reach 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mt. Amagi Tunnel (Former Amagi Tunnel), Inatori Ukiuki Beach, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls, Gotemba Premium Outlets
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:
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Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls ©
Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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