22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  18 h 45 min
1
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
+5
Bus + Train + Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  8 h 15 min
4
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h
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
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls, explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge, then contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura, admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jiunji Temple.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Nikko trip maker website.

Toronto, Canada to Nikko is an approximately 19- hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Nikko is 14 hours. Traveling from Toronto in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nikko, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura ©
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura
Yomeimon (Main Gate) ©
Yomeimon (Main Gate)
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Asakusa Shrine and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nezu Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hie Jinjya.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nikko in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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 17th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally see the interesting displays at Hakone Museum of Photography. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art, then examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi travel route website.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art

1
night
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 19th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, head outdoors with Hoshisuna Beach, and then glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of bus, train, flight, and ferry from Hakone-machi to Iriomote-jima takes 8.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in May: high temperatures in Iriomote-jima hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, kick back and relax 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 head outdoors with Kondoi Beach. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 23rd (Sun), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, then don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, and finally take in the views from Irabu Ohashi. Keep things going the next day: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, then head outdoors with Yonaha Maehama Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. In May in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Flame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, then see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima sightseeing tool.

Do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Miyakojima in May, things will get slightly colder in Hiroshima: highs are around 28°C and lows about 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kure
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Tofuku-ji Temple. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, steep yourself in history at Kifune Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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