21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
4
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
7
Mitaka
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Montreal

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Takeshita Street, Meiji Jingu Shrine and Ginza. Nezu Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kencho-ji Temple and Mitsumine Shrine. Change things up with a short trip to Pola Museum of Art in Hakone-machi (about 1h 45 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo, and contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder app .

Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Tokyo is 14 hours. Traveling from Montreal in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Pola Museum of Art, Mitsumine Shrine
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

2
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.
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 ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kohama-jima, Island Countryside Settlement
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Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Yurateiku Market ©
Yurateiku Market

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
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 ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. 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 catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach
Mizuochi Falls ©
Mizuochi Falls

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
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, see the interesting displays at Miyakojima Sea Treasure Museum, then get outside with Tomori Imugya Beach, and finally examine the collection at Miyakojima City Traditional Crafts Center.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima holiday builder website .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Miyakojima City Museum ©
Miyakojima City Museum
Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Get in touch with nature at Miyajima and Mikasahama Beach. Popular historic sites such as Mitaki Temple and Atomic Bomb Dome are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, and steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Miyakojima in May: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tofuku-ji Temple and Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Dotonbori in Osaka, approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, wander the streets of Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip app .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 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 Shopping

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Mitaka

Mitaka ©
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. Ghibli Museum Mitaka has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): bet on a winner at Tokyo Horse Racetrack, take a stroll through Susukino, then contemplate the long history of Jindai-ji Temple, then look and learn at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, and finally explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors 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.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Mitaka road trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Mitaka by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Mitaka, with lows of 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 Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Susukino, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Mt. Kumotori, Tokyo Horse Racetrack, Chichibu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Jindai-ji Temple ©
Jindai-ji Temple

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