42 days in Japan Itinerary

42 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

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Fly
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
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Onna-son
— 3 nights
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Shari-cho

— 4 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Shiretoko Goko Lake and Kaminoko Pond. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Mashu and Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Shiretoko National Park. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Shiretoko Misaki and cruise along Road to Heaven.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Shari-cho using our trip planner.

Detroit, USA to Shari-cho is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Traveling from Detroit in September, expect nights in Shari-cho to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are slightly colder, around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:

Kanazawa

— 6 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Step out of the city life by going to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Museum-lovers will get to explore Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho), Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Takayama Jinya, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory & Wada House). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa holiday app.

You can fly from Shari-cho to Kanazawa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In September, Kanazawa is somewhat warmer than Shari-cho - with highs of 78°F and lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — Oct 1:

Kyoto

— 6 nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kyoto Insider Sake Experience and Musubi Kyoto. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 7:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 8th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Yamato Museum and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima planning app.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:

Yakushima-cho

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Yakusugi Land. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oko no Taki Fall and Nagata Inakahama.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Yakushima-cho, with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:

Onna-son

— 3 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Sefa-Utaki and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Blue Cave. Venture out of the city with trips to Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son) and Okichan Theater (in Motobu-cho). There's more to do: stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Onna-son tour itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Aragusuku Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yabiji and Irabu Ohashi. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, stroll through Toguchi no Hama, and visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip builder tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): head off the coast to Iriomote Island and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the next day, kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach and then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

Ishigaki

— 4 nights
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 discover tucked-away gems like Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Kondoi Beach. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, stop by Yurateiku Market, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ishigaki road trip site.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in October, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:

Tokyo

— 6 nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Samurai Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Step off the beaten path and head to Pola Museum of Art and Zojo-ji Temple. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, visit Odaiba District, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take a stroll through Ginza.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo planner.

Fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in October, things will get a bit cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 72°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 31:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.