22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Onna-son
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  22​h
End: Johannesburg

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 off the beaten path and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Kondoi Beach. Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Yonehara Beach will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll around Banna Park, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki itinerary maker app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Ishigaki is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in May, you will find days in Ishigaki are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are warmer (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 8th (Fri), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima road trip planning site .

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visiting Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yabiji and Aragusuku Beach. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima road trip tool .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. May in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Sefa-Utaki and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM and Onna Station Nakayukui Market. Get out of town with these interesting Onna-son side-trips: Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma), Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman) and St. Clara Church (in Yonabaru-cho). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the historical opulence of Zakimi Castle Ruins, and contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Onna-son driving holiday planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Onna-son when traveling from Miyakojima in May, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Kitanakagusuku-son, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Sefa-Utaki, Zakimi Castle Ruins, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and finally don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Asakusa, then take a stroll through Takeshita Street, and then get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Onna-son in May, plan for little chillier nights in Tokyo, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ginza ©
Ginza
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Osaka Castle. Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Dotonbori, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, make a trip to Gion, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto holiday planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Popular historic sites such as Daishoin Temple and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Senjokaku. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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