20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
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Train to Osaka Kansai, Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly

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Kyoto

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Kinkaku-ji and Osaka Castle will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Dotombori District in Dotombori--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, stop by Gion, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Kyoto tour itinerary builder.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Kyoto is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 15 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Jose in July: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
On the 30th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tokugawa's Mausoleum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at Healing Space Koyasan Uguisu Seitaiin, examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saito, then steep yourself in history at Koyasan Daimon, and finally steep yourself in history at Koyasan Choishi Michi.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Koya-cho day trip tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Koya-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 1st (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, admire the sheer force of Mariudo Fall, then step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, take in the waterfront activity at Uehara, get outside with Hoshisuna Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Todomari Beach, then steep yourself in history at Residence of Niimori, and finally head outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip planner.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and ferry from Koya-cho to Iriomote-jima in 8.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Koya-cho in July since evenings lows in Iriomote-jima dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Ishigaki

— 2 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.
On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, then explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

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Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Miyako Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Yukishio Museum and Miyakojima City Museum. There's much more to do: get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Onna-son

— 3 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shurijo Castle and St. Clara Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Zakimi Castle Ruins and Keiseimon Gate. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Naha (Suimuiutaki & Kokusaidori), Motobu-cho (Emerald Beach, Okichan Theater, &more) and Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, stroll through Cape Manzamo, and get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Onna-son day trip tool.

Fly from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 4.5 hours. In August in Onna-son, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Kōtoku-in. Your inner history buff will appreciate Imperial Palace and Hase-dera Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba District, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Tokyo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In August in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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.