21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Tokyo National Museum and The Hakone Open-Air Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka (about 44 minutes away). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, wander the streets of Takeshita Street, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, and get engrossed in the history at Fukagawa Edo Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online day trip planner .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in November, with highs in Tokyo at 19°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Himeji Castle are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Asahiyaki. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Nara Park, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, & more) and Osaka (Dotonbori, Osaka Castle, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Kyoto travel app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Asahiyaki, Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Appreciate the collections at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Visit Miyajima and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Daishoin Temple). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

Make your Hiroshima itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mazda Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. Get in touch with nature at Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Shigira Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Hiroshima in November, you will find days in Miyakojima are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are much hotter (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Yaima Village. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Yonehara Beach and Fusaki Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, stroll through Sunset Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

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