21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
5
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
6
Miyakojima
— 4 nights

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.
Head to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Ginzafor plenty of shopping. Step off the beaten path and head to Tokyo National Museum and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, and stop by Odaiba District.

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Ljubljana, Slovenia to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ljubljana in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Oyama Shrine. Explore hidden gems such as Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Nanto (Ainokura Gassho Community, Gokayama, &more) and Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine) (in Katsuyama). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nanto, Katsuyama, Maruoka Castle, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

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.
Head to Dotombori District and Asahiyakifor some retail therapy. Explore hidden gems such as Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Asahiyaki
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 5th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Iriomote Island, thenhead outdoors with Hoshisuna Beach, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Iriomote-jima takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Kyoto in October, expect Iriomote-jima to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

3
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.
Visit Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Kondoi Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Yonehara Beach, stop by Yurateiku Market, take in the exciting artwork at Nei Museum of Art, and kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip site.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

4
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 Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Yabiji and Toguchi no Hama. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, make a trip to East Henna Cape, and visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima online tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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