22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kansai International Airport, Fly to Naha Airport / JASDF Naha Air Base, Drive to Kunigami-son
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Kunigami-son
— 1 night
Drive
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 12th (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Ginza, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo travel route tool.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo. In December in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, Universal Studios Japan, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and go for a walk through Gion.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho trip planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nachikatsura-cho when traveling from Kyoto in December, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kunigami-son.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kunigami-son

— 1 night
Although the village of Kunigami-son spreads across a large area, it remains sparsely populated, with lots of wild land protected from development.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Daisekirinzan, then take some stellar pictures from Cape Hedo, and then kick back and relax at Okuma Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kunigami-son trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nachikatsura-cho to Kunigami-son. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in December, with highs in Kunigami-son at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kunigami-son

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Motobu-cho

— 2 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, then make a trip to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and then stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Kunigami-son to Motobu-cho takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like East Henna Cape and Aragusuku Beach. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunayama Beach.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip planning tool.

You can fly from Motobu-cho to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Motobu-cho in December, Miyakojima is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Iriomote-jima

— 1 night
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Ishigaki

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Banna Park and Tamatorizaki Observatory. Spend 29th (Wed) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kabira Park, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, and explore the activities along Kabira Bay.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. December in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.