20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+3
train + subway + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
4
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 15​min
5
Takachiho-cho
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h
6
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
7
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
8
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

2
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.
On the 3rd (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, and finally get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool .

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. In September, daytime highs in Tokyo are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Tenryuji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and make a trip to Arashiyama.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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 The Cenotaph. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Miyajima, & more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima online road trip planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. September in Yakushima-cho sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, then take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho travel route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 68°F in Takachiho-cho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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 Kabira Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach, walk around Banna Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planning app .

You can fly from Takachiho-cho to Ishigaki in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in September, expect Ishigaki to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 17th (Tue), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, then head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and finally admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima day trip planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and get great views at Shimojishima Airport RW17 End.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In September in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi

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