36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Bus to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Taxi to Bungoogi, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Fly
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Tokyo
— 9 nights
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Iriomote-jima — 2 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Geta Waterfall, go deep underground at Utara Tanko, have fun at Unarizaki Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls, then don't miss a visit to Ruins of Amitory Village, then look for all kinds of wild species at Amitori Asaba, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls.

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Perth, Australia to Iriomote-jima is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Perth in March: highs in Iriomote-jima hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:

Ishigaki — 3 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.
Shop till you drop at Nei Museum of Art and Pinion Direct Shop. Step off the beaten path and head to Island Countryside Settlement and Memorial Hall of Yoko Gushiken. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Kohama-jima (Kohaguraso, Ubutaki Lookouts, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, visit Taketomi Submarine Hot Spring, visit a coastal fixture at Kannonzaki Lighthouse, and take a stroll through Misaki Town.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki online attractions planner.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Miyakojima.
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Find places to stay Mar 19 — 22:

Miyakojima — 3 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Nudokubiabu. Visit Yamatoga and Kurohama Mitake for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, steep yourself in history at Mamuya Tomb, examine the collection at Miyakojima City Museum, and don't miss a visit to Sabautsuga.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.
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Find places to stay Mar 22 — 25:

Takachiho-cho — 1 night

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 26th (Sun), get all the information you need at Michi-no-Eki Takachiho, take in the dramatic natural features at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Takachiho Gamadase Market.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho online trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Takachiho-cho in 7.5 hours. While traveling from Miyakojima, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Takachiho-cho, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:

Hiroshima — 5 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Head to Kamiyacho and Pacelafor plenty of shopping. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shirakami Shrine and Misenhondo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Onomichi (Jyodo Shrine, Saikokuji Temple, &more), Shishiiwa Tenbodai (in Miyajima) and Takehara (Saihoji Temple & Saihoji Fumeikaku Temple). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ebisu Shrine, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Noboricho Church, Memorial Cathedral for World Peace, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip website.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Mar 26 — 31:

Kyoto — 7 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.
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and Honen-in are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple and Yasakanoto. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Naramachi Koshino Ie, Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden, admire the striking features of Chishaku-in, and steep yourself in history at Daikaku-ji.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto journey site.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.
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Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 7:

Nachikatsura-cho — 2 nights

The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Nachi Primeval Forest, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha Oshimboku Nagi, identify plant and animal life at Shingu Inosawa Ukijima Plant Community, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kushima-Suzushima, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudarakusanji Temple, and finally step off the mainland to explore Kinomatsushima Island.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Nachikatsura-cho. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ise.
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Find places to stay Apr 7 — 9:

Ise — 2 nights

A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Ise Kawasaki Shoninkan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aonominesan Shofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naiku Kaguraden, contemplate the waterfront views at Isuzugawa, then look for gifts at Kumihimo Hirai, and finally don't miss a visit to Furuichi Kaido.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ise trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Ise are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.
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Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

Shirakawa-mura — 1 night

Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Nagase house, then steep yourself in history at Shirakawago Gassho Culture Hall (Old Matsui Family House), then take a stroll through Ogimachi, and finally get engrossed in the history at MIBORO Dam Side Park MIBORO Electricity Museum/Shokawa Zakura Memorial.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Shirakawa-mura trip planning site.

Getting from Ise to Shirakawa-mura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in April, plan for little chillier nights in Shirakawa-mura, with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Apr 11 — 12:

Tokyo — 9 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hozomon and Fire Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Samukawa Shrine and Kyu Iwasakitei Teien. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama (Yokohama Negishi Forest Park, Shomyo-ji Temple, &more), Kamakura (Sugimotodera Temple, Kakuonji Temple, &more) and Minatomirai (Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum & Yokohama Museum of Art). The adventure continues: walk around Kitanomaru Park, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, indulge in some personalized pampering at Arona Spa, and admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can fly from Shirakawa-mura to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Traveling from Shirakawa-mura in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 12°C. On the 21st (Fri), you're off to home.
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Find places to stay Apr 12 — 21:

Japan travel guide

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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.
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