29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
3
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
4
Takachiho-cho
— 1 day
5
Onna-son
— 3 nights
6
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
7
Hakodate
— 2 nights
8
Shari-cho
— 1 night
9
Tokyo
— 6 nights

3
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 Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Toji. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip planning app.

Washington DC, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kintaikyo Bridge and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Change things up with a short trip to Miyajima in Hatsukaichi (about 1 hour away). There's lots more to do: see where the action happens at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, don't miss a visit to Okonomimura, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Miyajima, Kintaikyo Bridge
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima ©
MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima

3
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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 Oko no Taki Fall and Yakusugi Land. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and make a trip to Wilson Stump.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho day trip planning site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. In September in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, and finally take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho trip tool.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho by combination of ferry and car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Takachiho-cho, with lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

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Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Onna-son: Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater & Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market and head outdoors with Diamond Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Onna-son trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Takachiho-cho to Onna-son takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Onna-son, with lows around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Motobu-cho
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Kabira Park. When in Iriomote-jima, make a side trip to see Yonehara Beach in Ishigaki, approximately Ishigaki away. It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls and step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima road trip site.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima in 6 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ishigaki
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hachimanzaka and Motomachi. Step out of Hakodate with an excursion to Onuma Park Walking Path in Nanae-cho--about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappistine Monasteries, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, and explore by horseback at Dosanko Farm Hakodate.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hakodate trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Hakodate in 9.5 hours. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in September, things will get a bit cooler in Hakodate: highs are around 72°F and lows about 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Shopping · Trails

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Hachimanzaka ©
Hachimanzaka
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): cruise along Road to Heaven, admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shiretoko Nature Center, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and then make a trip to Shiretoko Misaki.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Shari-cho road trip website.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hakodate to Shari-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Hakodate in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Shari-cho: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall

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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 discover tucked-away gems like Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Odaiba District, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Shari-cho to Tokyo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Shari-cho in October, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 72°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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