21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Nagasaki
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Shinkamigoto-cho, Minamimatsura-gun
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
3
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
4
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Kumejima-cho
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Kohama-jima
— 2 nights
Travel:  3​h 30​min
7
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
Takachiho-cho
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Paris


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1
night
Nagasaki

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.
On the 7th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Kazagashira Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ōura Church.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki road trip planning tool .

Paris, France to Nagasaki is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Paris to Nagasaki. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in October, with highs in Nagasaki at 28°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Shinkamigoto-cho.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ōura Church ©
Ōura Church
Glover House and Office ©
Glover House and Office
Urakami Cathedral ©
Urakami Cathedral

2
nights
Shinkamigoto-cho, Minamimatsura-gun

Shinkamigoto-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nakanoura Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Fukumi Catholic Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kashigarashima Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aosagaura Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Oso Church. On the next day, Head underground at Christian Cave, pause for some serene contemplation at Kiri Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hamagurihama Beach, and finally stroll the grounds of Kashiragashima Christian Cemetery.

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You can drive from Nagasaki to Shinkamigoto-cho in 4 hours. Traveling from Nagasaki in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Shinkamigoto-cho, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Shinkamigoto-cho

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hamagurihama Beach ©
Hamagurihama Beach

2
nights
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.
Visiting Yakusugi Land and Janokuchinotaki Falls will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Wilson Stump and Kusukawa Tenmangu Shrine. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, enjoy breathtaking views from Yuhi no Oka Observatory, take in the dramatic natural features at Tashiro Beach, and admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho day trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shinkamigoto-cho to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho. When traveling from Shinkamigoto-cho in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

2
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
On the 14th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Naminoue-gu Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins, explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Manza Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Onna-son trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and taxi. In October in Onna-son, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kumejima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naha, Katsuren Castle Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Katsuren Castle Ruins ©
Katsuren Castle Ruins
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle

3
nights
Kumejima-cho

Kumejima-cho ©
The town of Kumejima-cho spans several islands, including the main island of the same name.
Step out of the city life by going to Hatenohama and Ala Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kumejima Nature Park Tonnahaenchi and Uegusukujo Castle Ruin. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Kumejima Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Eef Beach, snap pictures at Shirugachi Bridge, and examine the collection at Kumejima Hotaru Kan.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kumejima-cho day trip tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Onna-son to Kumejima-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. October in Kumejima-cho sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Kohama-jima Taketomi-cho.

Things to do in Kumejima-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Hatenohama ©
Hatenohama
Kumejima Island ©
Kumejima Island
Uegusukujo Castle Ruin ©
Uegusukujo Castle Ruin

2
nights
Kohama-jima

Kohama-jima ©
Visiting Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Kaiji Beach and Ishigaki Yaima Village. Venture out of the city with trips to Ishigaki (Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, & more).

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kohama-jima Taketomi-cho day trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Kumejima-cho to Kohama-jima Taketomi-cho with the Route module. In October in Kohama-jima Taketomi-cho, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Taketomicho Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Kohama-jima

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Ishigaki, Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Hoshisuna Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Iriomote Island and Mizuochi Falls. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi, step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, and admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Taketomicho Iriomote-jima day trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kohama-jima Taketomi-cho to Taketomicho Iriomote-jima. In October in Taketomicho Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Barasu Island ©
Barasu Island

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanoyasu Kawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, then take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi from Taketomicho Iriomote-jima to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Taketomicho Iriomote-jima in October: high temperatures in Takachiho-cho hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

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

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