21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  20​h
1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
3
Zamami-son
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Numazu
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Brussels

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. Get outdoors at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima vacation builder tool .

Brussels, Belgium to Miyakojima is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in July: highs in Miyakojima hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Fusaki Beach and Sukuji Bathing Beach. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, cruise along Nagurao Bridge, see the sky in a new way at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan-Vera Ishigaki Island Observatory Station, and Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

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

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2 hours. July in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji Beach

3
nights
Zamami-son

Zamami-son ©
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Bring the kids along to Gahijima Sand Dune and Tokashiku Beach. Get in touch with nature at Aharen Beach and Geruma Island. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Furuzamami Beach and kick back and relax at Hizushi Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Zamami-son holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ishigaki to Zamami-son. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tokashiki-son
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Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Tokashiku Beach
Tokashiku Beach

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Castle). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Enryaku-ji Shakado, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zamami-son to Kyoto. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Numazu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Enryaku-ji Shakado
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Numazu

Numazu ©
Numazu tourism focuses primarily on what lies just outside of the town, with the urban area providing a base for wider regional, natural explorations.
Visit Otago Beach and Ita Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Mount Fuji and Susono Fishing Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Numazu: Izu (Odoi Beach, Toi Beach, & more).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Numazu online trip builder .

Getting from Kyoto to Numazu by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kyoto in August, you will find days in Numazu are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Numazu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Izu, Mount Fuji, Susono Fishing Park, Otago Beach
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba ©
Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba

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.
Get some cultural insight at Sensō-ji and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. You'll get in some beach time at Moroiso Shores and Nagasawa Beach. Have a day of magic on the 12th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip builder app .

Take a train from Numazu to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo Disneyland, Moroiso Shores, Nagasawa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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