29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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29 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
subway + bus + Fly + train:  19​h 15​min
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+3
train + subway + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h 15​min
Takachiho-cho
— Few hours
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
Onna-son
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + Drive + ferry:  3​h 45​min
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
Shari-cho
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Tokyo
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  17​h
End: Washington DC

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Toji. The adventure continues: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle.

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Washington DC, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Washington DC to Kyoto, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone 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) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo-jo Castle ©
Nijo-jo Castle

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kintaikyo Bridge and Shukkei-en Garden. Take a break from Hiroshima with a short trip to Miyajima in Hatsukaichi, about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Okonomimura, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and admire all the interesting features of MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima vacation builder site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

#Museums, #Parks, #Nature

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Kintaikyo Bridge, Miyajima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Oko no Taki Fall. Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Wilson Stump and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho travel planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Kumage-gun 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 September in Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

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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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hours
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.
On the 20th (Thu), go for a walk through Amanoyasu Kawara, 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.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho trip planner .

Getting from Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho by combination of car and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, train, and taxi. Traveling from Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho in September, plan for little chillier nights in Takachiho-cho, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

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Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kouri-jima Island and Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater & Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Onna-son trip app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Takachiho-cho to Onna-son in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Onna-son, with lows of 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Taketomicho Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Kouri-jima Island
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Kouri-jima Island ©
Kouri-jima Island
Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Explore hidden gems such as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Iriomote Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taketomicho Iriomote-jima: Ishigaki (Kabira Park & Yonehara Beach). There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls.

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You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry from Onna-son to Taketomicho Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Taketomicho Iriomote-jima can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Ishigaki
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Kabira Park ©
Kabira Park

2
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hachimanzaka and Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse. Take a break from Hakodate with a short trip to Onuma Park Walking Path in Nanae-cho, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Motomachi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappistine Monasteries, pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, and contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hakodate travel site .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Taketomicho Iriomote-jima to Hakodate in 9.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Taketomicho Iriomote-jima in September: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 72°F and lows are around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Hachimanzaka ©
Hachimanzaka
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Sun), cruise along Road to Heaven, admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, then examine the collection at Shiretoko Nature Center, and finally explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and then make a trip to Shiretoko Misaki.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hakodate to Shari-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Hakodate in September, expect nights in Shari-cho to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are slightly colder, around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

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Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall

6
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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Mitaka to see Ghibli Museum about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Shari-cho to Tokyo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In October, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Shari-cho - with highs of 72°F and lows of 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

#Museums, #Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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