22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Bus to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 3 nights
Train to Tokyo Narita, Fly to Athens

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Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step out of the city life by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ida no Hama Beach and Pinaisara Falls. The adventure continues: get outside with Hoshisuna Beach, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and steep yourself in history at Residence of Niimori.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima day trip site.

Athens, Greece to Iriomote-jima is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Athens to Iriomote-jima, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Athens in April, with highs in Iriomote-jima at 30°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, walk around Banna Park, and don't miss a visit to Euglena Mall.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

4
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get in touch with nature at Aragusuku Beach and Shimojiiima Island. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Nakanoshima Beach, head off the coast to Ikema-jima Island, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. April in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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Takachiho-cho

The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, then take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho planning tool.

Getting from Miyakojima to Takachiho-cho by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. In May, Takachiho-cho is little chillier than Miyakojima - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Shakunagenomori Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, make a trip to Taikoiwa, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Wilson Stump. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Yakusugi Land.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip maker.

Traveling by combination of car, train, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. May in Yakushima-cho sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tenryuji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Hikone Castle. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Byodoin in Uji--about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Daigo-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Spas · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Takayama

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally make a trip to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Kanda house, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then enjoy breathtaking views from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, and finally don't miss a visit to Hida Furukawa Old Town.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama sightseeing planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Takayama by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

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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 13th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate), then contemplate the waterfront views at Yunoko Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nikko National Park.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko planning website.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nikko takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Takayama, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.