22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+3
train + subway + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
4
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
5
Nakijin-son
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
7
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
8
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Montreal

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): get outside with Shishiku Park, examine the collection at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Kanazawa is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Montreal in March, expect Kanazawa to be somewhat warmer, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gokayama, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Shishiku Park
Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and then take in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi, don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Anbo River and then admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho trip planner .

Do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Yakushima-cho, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nakijin-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

1
night
Nakijin-son

Nakijin-son ©
Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
On the 5th (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, then contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, and then step off the mainland to explore Kouri-jima Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, then meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally meet the residents at Okichan Theater.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nakijin-son route planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Yakushima-cho to Nakijin-son takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. In April in Nakijin-son, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Motobu-cho
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road

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 7th (Sun): take in the views from Irabu Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then take in the views from Kurima Bridge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Imugya Marine Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima tour itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Nakijin-son to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, then identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima itinerary planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about 4 hours. April in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

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 11th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and finally take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Banna Park, stroll through Kabira Park, then take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki travel route app .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. April in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

3
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.
Have a day of magic on the 16th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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