36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Toba
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Motobu-cho

— 4 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Family-friendly places like Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Minna Beach will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Motobu-cho side-trips: Onna-son (Tiger Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Minnajima Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sesoko Labyrinth, enjoy the sand and surf at Anchihama, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Motobu-cho trip builder site.

Singapore, Singapore to Motobu-cho is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. July in Motobu-cho sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 26:

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Family-friendly places like Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Miyajima will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (in Sapporo) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, look and learn at Hiroshima Children's Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

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You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:

Osaka

— 5 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle), Koya-cho (Healing Space Koyasan Uguisu Seitaiin, Mt. Koya, &more) and Matsue Swimming Beach (in Akashi). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and stop by Shimada Shoten.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka itinerary planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 4:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Bring the kids along to Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Todai-ji Temple in Nara--about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Toba.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 9:

Toba

— 2 nights
Notable for its oysters and the production of cultured pearls, the city of Toba, mostly situated within Ise-Shima National Park, includes a number of small islands in Ise Bay.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Toba Aquarium, then go for a walk through Ise Ninja Kingdom, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Ichigo Beach, get in on the family fun at Hotel Shima Spain Mura, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Toba trip planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Toba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Toba: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Toba

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Attractions like Gongenmori Beach and Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Gokayama (in Nanto). There's much more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kenrokuen Yamazakiyama, see the interesting displays at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Toba to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Traveling from Toba in August, Kanazawa is little chillier at night with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 15:

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Odaiba District. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, wander the streets of Akihabara, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

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Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 21:

Ishigaki

— 5 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.
Attractions like Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Spas make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, stroll through Sunset Beach, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, and enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki road trip planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Ishigaki in 4.5 hours. August in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 26:

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.