21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
2
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
4
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
5
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
6
Onna-son
— 5 nights

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Let the collections at D. T. Suzuki Museum and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Takayama (Wine Tours & Tastings, Takayama Jinya, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine, wander the streets of Gokayama, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary builder site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Kanazawa is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Amsterdam to Kanazawa, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in April, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Maruoka Castle, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudarakusanji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Taiji Whale Museum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, and finally explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho journey planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Nachikatsura-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in May since evenings lows in Nachikatsura-cho dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Shingu, Taiji Whale Museum, Hashigui Rock
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get in touch with nature at Yabiji and Toguchi no Hama. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Ikema Ohashi Bridge. Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, see the interesting displays at Miyakojima City Museum, get outside with Aragusuku Beach, and snap pictures at Kurima Bridge.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Miyakojima using our trip planner.

You can fly from Nachikatsura-cho to Miyakojima in 9 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in May: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Yabiji
Yabiji
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kondoi Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki trip builder app.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step out of the city life by going to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. Discover out-of-the-way places like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall, and get outside with Todomari Beach.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima tour planning site.

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

5
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Kouri Beach. Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and Nakijin Castle Ruins will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Kitanakagusuku-son), Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma) and Araha Park (Araha Beach) (in Chatan-cho). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisekirinzan, contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, tour the pleasant surroundings at Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Onna-son trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son takes 6 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Iriomote-jima in May, with highs in Onna-son at °C and lows at °C. You will leave for home on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nanjo, Nakijin-son, Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, Daisekirinzan
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

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