22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Shirakawa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Nikko
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Tram + Fly:  6 h 45 min
5
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
6
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Toronto

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 11th (Tue), walk around Onshi Hakone Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art, and finally take a memorable drive along Kojiri Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tenkakudai.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary planning app .

Toronto, Canada to Hakone-machi is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Traveling from Toronto in May, Hakone-machi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Samurai Armor Photo Studio and Chidorigafuchi. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Hama Rikyu Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, snap pictures at Rainbow Bridge, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip website .

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by combination of bus and train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi

1
night
Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): walk around Nanko Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Suirakuen, then walk around Shirakawa Sekinomori Park, then hike along Nishinosato Promenade, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Yukiwari Canyon.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tokyo to Shirakawa in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in May, things will get slightly colder in Shirakawa: highs are around 24°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawa Sekinomori Park ©
Shirakawa Sekinomori Park
Suirakuen ©
Suirakuen
Nanko Park ©
Nanko Park

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 18th (Tue), find something for the whole family at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinno-ji Temple, and then explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Yunoko Lake, then admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls, then contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate).

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Shirakawa to Nikko takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Shirakawa in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nikko, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nikko

Theme Parks Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura ©
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura
Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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 20th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, then take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach. On the next day, get great views at Cape Ongazaki, walk around Kabira Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, then find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and finally walk around Banna Park.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki day trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nikko to Ishigaki in 7 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nikko in May; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 34°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 22nd (Sat), snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, then make a trip to East Henna Cape, and finally head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island.

Start your trip to Miyakojima by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

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.
On the 24th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Motoyasu River, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip website .

Getting from Miyakojima to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Miyakojima in May, expect Hiroshima to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Shukkei-en Garden ©
Shukkei-en Garden
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ninna-ji Temple and Tenryuji Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Konohana (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and stroll through Nanzen-ji Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip builder.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple

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