20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly to New Ishigaki Airport, Drive to Hateruma-jima
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Hateruma-jima
— 2 nights
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Drive to New Ishigaki Airport, Fly to Naha Airport, Drive to Naha
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Naha
— 2 nights
Fly
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 1 night
Drive
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Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive to Kanazawa, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki

— 1 night
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 2nd (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, then examine the collection at Taketomi Folk Art Museum, then see the interesting displays at Taketomi Yugafu-kan, and finally examine the collection at MInsah Kogei Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki tour planning website.

Kelowna, Canada to Ishigaki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Kelowna to Ishigaki. In April, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
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 (Mon): examine the collection at Yukishio Museum, kick back and relax at Nagamahama Beach Coast, get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, then get outside with Nakanoshima Beach, and finally examine the collection at Sabaoki Park Observatory Facility. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Keiko Art Museunin Miyakojima, Okinawa, contemplate the long history of Tomori no Amai, kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach, then see the interesting displays at Underground Dam Museum, then examine the collection at Miyakojima City Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine.

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Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in April, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hateruma-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Hateruma-jima

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Hamashitan Habitat, kick back and relax at Coral Beach, take in the waterfront at Hateruma Port, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nishihama Beach, then don't miss a visit to Hateruma Post Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Court Mori. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Haterum Island Starlight Tower, don't miss a visit to Monument of The Southernmost Part of Japan, make a trip to Cape Takanazaki, then get outside with Pemuchi Beach, then appreciate the history behind Oyake Akahachi Monument, and finally enjoy the sea views from Haterumajima Lighthouse.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hateruma-jima trip builder website.

Explore your travel options from Miyakojima to Hateruma-jima with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Hateruma-jima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Naha

— 2 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Tsushimamaru Museum, steep yourself in history at Stone gate, Old Sogenji Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, then contemplate the long history of Sonohyan Utaki Stone Gate, then contemplate the long history of Former 32nd Army Headquarters, and finally kick back and relax at Toyosaki Kaihin Koen. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Okinawa Prefectural Archaeological Center, explore the world behind art at Sakima Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Urasoe Castle Ruins, learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, then examine the collection at Naha Municipal Tsuboya pottery Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Naha city Museum of History.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Naha trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Hateruma-jima to Naha with the Route module. In April, daytime highs in Naha are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mitaki Temple and Atomic Bomb Dome. When in Hiroshima, make a side trip to see Itsukushima Shrine in Hatsukaichi, approximately Hatsukaichi away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and stop by Kamiyacho.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Naha in April, expect Hiroshima to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle. Get some cultural insight at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Yasakanoto. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Katsura Imperial Villa, contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Spas

Ise

— 1 night
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 15th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, don't miss a visit to Hinjitsukan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kazahinominomiya, don't miss a visit to Jingu Chokokan Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Aramatsurinomiya.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ise, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kyoto to Ise by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Ise, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums

Shirakawa-mura

— 1 night
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take a stroll through Ogimachi, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then contemplate the long history of Nagase house, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Shirakawa-mura trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ise to Shirakawa-mura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in April, expect little chillier with lows of 8°C in Shirakawa-mura. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

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.
Fire Museum and Kanda Myojin will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Asakusa Shrine and Kitanomaru Park. There's much more to do: make a trip to Hozomon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, and take a stroll through Ueno District.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning app.

Getting from Shirakawa-mura to Tokyo by combination of car and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Shirakawa-mura in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 12°C in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

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.