21 days in Japan & Taipei Itinerary

21 days in Japan & Taipei Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
2
Shari-cho, Japan
— 1 night
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
4
Nagasaki, Japan
— 3 nights
5
Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
6
Ishigaki, Japan
— 1 night
7
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 2 nights
8
Taipei, Taiwan
— 2 nights

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Asakusa Shrine and Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kencho-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori), Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita) and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) (in Kamakura). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Yanaka District, stop by Ueno District, steep yourself in history at Hozomon, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

Plan trip to Tokyo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Boston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Tokyo is 14 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Boston in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around °F and lows are around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Narita, Katori Jingu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

1
night
Shari-cho, Japan

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
On the 27th (Tue), get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, and then admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Shari-cho trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Shari-cho by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: high temperatures in Shari-cho hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall

5
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nanzen-ji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Hikone Castle in Hikone, approximately Hikone away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel website.

Traveling by flight from Shari-cho to Kyoto takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Shari-cho in October: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hikone Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
nights
Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Get some cultural insight at Suwa Shrine and Yutoku Inari Shrine. Step off the beaten path and head to Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture and Onsen Resorts. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ōura Church, take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and steep yourself in history at Kapitan Room.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip planner.

Fly from Kyoto to Nagasaki in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. November in Nagasaki sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Museums Baths

Side Trips

Onsen Resorts, Yutoku Inari Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine
Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine
Ōura Church ©
Ōura Church

2
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, thenstep off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, and finally take in the views from Irabu Ohashi. Here are some ideas for day two: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, thenstep off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, and finally kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip planner.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Miyakojima in 6 hours. In November, Miyakojima is somewhat warmer than Nagasaki - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

1
night
Ishigaki, Japan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, thenkick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and finally get outside with Kondoi Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Adventure

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima, Japan

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima vacation planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

2
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine, thenexplore the wealth of natural beauty at Yangmingshan National Park, and then contemplate the long history of Heritage And Culture Education Center Of Taipei.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Taipei route site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Iriomote-jima to Taipei. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to Taipei Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park
Dalongdong Bao An Temple ©
Dalongdong Bao An Temple
Hsing Tian Kong ©
Hsing Tian Kong

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