20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly + train:  20​h
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
6
Onna-son
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Athens

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninna-ji Temple, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kyoto vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Athens, Greece to Kyoto is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Athens in March; daily highs in Kyoto reach 16°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Pola Museum of Art. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ueno and Asakusa Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kencho-ji Temple (in Kamakura), Hikawa Shrine (in Omiya) and Hakone Stone‐paved Road (in Hakone-machi). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Yanaka, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, Kencho-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Ueno ©
Ueno

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Get in touch with nature at Hoshisuna Beach and Nara no Taki Falls. Step off the beaten path and head to Funauki Village and Shirahama Port. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, steep yourself in history at Residence of Niimori, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima road trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tokyo to Iriomote-jima. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Iriomote-jima: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Shirahama Port ©
Shirahama Port

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.
On the 31st (Tue), Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): kick back and relax at Nakamoto Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble.

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Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. March in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Nakamoto Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave ©
Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Atarasu Ichiba, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyako Shrine.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip maker tool .

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In April in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Nagamahama Beach Coast ©
Nagamahama Beach Coast
Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): kick back and relax at Tiger Beach, then stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the lush surroundings at Kemmin no Mori Forest Science Museum, kick back and relax at Diamond Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Cape Manzamo, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sun Marina Beach.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Onna-son trip planner .

Getting from Miyakojima to Onna-son by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in April, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Onna-son. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

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