22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  18 h 45 min
1
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Shirakawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  8 h 15 min
5
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h
6
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
7
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
8
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
9
Kyoto
— 4 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge, then steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Yomeimon (Main Gate). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Ryuokyo Canyon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuriyama Toshogu, then explore the activities along Yunoko Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Senjogahara Field.

For where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip app .

Toronto, Canada to Nikko is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Nikko due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nikko, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Yudaki Falls ©
Yudaki Falls
Yomeimon (Main Gate) ©
Yomeimon (Main Gate)
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

1
night
Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Shirakawa no Sekiato, trek along Nishinosato Promenade, then explore the historical opulence of Komine Castle Remains, then contemplate the long history of Shirakawa Haristos Othodox Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Myokanji Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Shirakawa trip planner.

Drive from Nikko to Shirakawa in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Nikko in May, Shirakawa is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Historic Sites Wildlife Trails
Highlights from your plan
Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains
Myokanji Temple ©
Myokanji Temple

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.
Popular historic sites such as Nezu Shrine and Tokyo National Museum are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Zojo-ji Temple and Edo-Tokyo Museum. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, and explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin).

To find maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip website .

Traveling by car from Shirakawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Shirakawa in May: highs in Tokyo hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu 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), explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally see the interesting displays at Hakone Museum of Photography. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: 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 see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi tour planner.

Do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Shopping

Side Trip

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

1
night
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Iriomote Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hakone-machi to Iriomote-jima takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakone-machi in May; daily highs in Iriomote-jima reach 34°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps and tourist information, use the Ishigaki travel route planning app .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can 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, get outside with Aragusuku Beach, then snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then head outdoors with Toguchi no Hama, and finally snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip planner.

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 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally appreciate the history behind Peace Flame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima online itinerary planner .

You can 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 and ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Miyakojima in May; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kure
Highlights from your plan
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tenryuji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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