21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Mitaka
— 3 nights
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Montreal / Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Takeshita Street, Meiji Jingu Shrine and Ginza. You'll explore and learn at Pola Museum of Art and Nezu Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ueno District and Asakusa Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Mitsumine Shrine (in Chichibu) and Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) & Kencho-ji Temple). There's much more to do: make a trip to Nezu Shrine, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and stop by Yanaka District.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo online visit planner.

Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Tokyo is 14 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Montreal in May; daily highs in Tokyo reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. On the 5th (Tue), you'll travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Ishigaki

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, and then stop by Yurateiku Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Kubazaki Beach, see the interesting displays at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hairumubushi Beach.

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Getting from Tokyo to Ishigaki by flight takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect Ishigaki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Todomari Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Kanpiree Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls, then make a trip to Nakama-river Protected Region, and finally contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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 10th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Nakasone Toyumya Tomb, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyako Shrine, look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji, hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba, then examine the collection at Miyakojima City Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Yukishio Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast, then see the interesting displays at Miyakojima Sea Treasure Museum, and finally get outside with Tomori Imugya Beach.

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Do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

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.
Get in touch with nature at Miyajima and Mikasahama Beach. Popular historic sites such as Itsukushima Shrine and Mitaki Temple are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple & Itsukushima Gekijyo). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and make a trip to Peace Flame.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hiroshima takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Miyakojima in May, with highs in Hiroshima at 28°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get some historical perspective at Kinkaku-ji and Toji. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Dotombori District in Dotombori, approximately Dotombori away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip app.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Mitaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Mitaka

— 3 nights
Mitaka is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 189,168 and a population density of 11,520 persons per km². You've now added Ghibli Museum Mitaka to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): try your luck at Tokyo Horse Racetrack, wander the streets of Susukino, contemplate the long history of Jindai-ji Temple, then look and learn at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, and finally admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Mt. Kumotori, then take an in-depth tour of Mitaka Yamamoto Yuzo Memorial Museum, and then examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mitaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Mitaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Mitaka, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mitaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.