31 days in Japan & Taiwan Itinerary

31 days in Japan & Taiwan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Nagano
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Nagano, Japan
— 3 nights
Train
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Takayama, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
Train
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Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
Fly
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Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Kagoshima, Train to Kumamoto, Drive to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho, Japan
— 4 nights
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Drive to Fukuoka Airport, Fly to Kaohsiung International Airport, Drive to Hengchun
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Hengchun, Taiwan
— 3 nights
Drive to Kaohsiung International Airport, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 4 nights
Ferry to Ishigaki, Fly to New York City

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Nagano, Japan

— 3 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Visiting Snow Monkey Resorts and Lake Kagami will get you outdoors. Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Matsumoto Castle will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagano: Hokusai-kan (in Obuse-machi) and Matsumoto (Zuisho Matsumotokan & Kaichi Gakko Primary School). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Kuzuryusha.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nagano road trip planning website.

New York City, USA to Nagano is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. When traveling from New York City in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagano: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Takayama, Japan

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally make a trip to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Kanda house, get great views at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Takayama route maker website.

Getting from Nagano to Takayama by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Takayama are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

Kyoto, Japan

— 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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Kinkaku-ji and Tofuku-ji Temple. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Dotombori District in Dotombori, approximately Dotombori away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanzen-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Himeji, Japan

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Himeji attractions planning app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Yakushima-cho, Japan

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Himeji to Yakushima-cho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Himeji in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Yakushima-cho, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Takachiho-cho, Japan

— 4 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Amano Yasugawara and Daikanbo Lookout. Get in touch with nature at Kunimigaoka and Mt. Aso. Change things up with a short trip to Kusasenrigahama in Aso (about 1h 5 min away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, and take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho day trip tool.

You can do a combination of ferry, train, and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, Takachiho-cho is slightly colder at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hengchun.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hengchun, Taiwan

— 3 nights
Located on the southern tip of the eponymous peninsula, Hengchun serves as the entry point to Kenting National Park, often attracting more travelers than locals with its tropical beach resorts and bustling night markets.
On the 21st (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Kenting National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then kick back and relax at White Sand Bay.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Takachiho-cho to Hengchun. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Takachiho-cho to Hengchun due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Hengchun: highs are around 87°F and lows about 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ishigaki, Japan

— 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. Get outdoors at Kondoi Beach and Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and walk around Kabira Park.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hengchun to Ishigaki. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hengchun to Ishigaki. In October in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima, Japan

— 4 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Iriomote Island. Get outdoors at Hoshisuna Beach and Barasu Island. It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls and kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach.

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You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. October in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Taiwan travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops · Shopping Malls
Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.