22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Matsue
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki

— 2 nights
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 8th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, and then get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, then look and learn at Ishigakijima Observatory, then see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and finally kick back and relax at Nakamoto Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki online trip planner.

Vienna, Austria to Ishigaki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. When traveling from Vienna in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ishigaki, with highs around 38°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get outdoors at Hoshisuna Beach and Ida no Hama Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Todomari Beach, don't miss a visit to Funauki Village, take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls, and head outdoors with Nakano Beach.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima tour itinerary site.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. August in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Miyako Shrine. Step out of the city life by going to Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, head outdoors with Yonaha Maehama Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can fly to Matsue.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Matsue

— 2 nights
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Let the collections at Adachi Museum of Art and Shimane Art Museum capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Former Taisha Station and Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Matsue side-trips: Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography (in Hoki-cho), Muki Banda Remains (in Daisen-cho) and Izumo (Izumo Grand Shrine, Tateiwa Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, browse the range of quality goods at Ichibata Department Store, look for gifts at Rihaku Shuzo, and contemplate the long history of Matsue Castle.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsue trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Matsue in 6 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Matsue when traveling from Miyakojima in August, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 3 nights
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 Sanjusangendo Temple are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Kamogawa River and Nara Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Imashirozuka Ancient History Museum (in Takatsuki) and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Railway Museum, get engrossed in the history at Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip planner.

Fly from Matsue to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Head to Kanaz Forest of Creation and Amanatto Kawamurafor some retail therapy. Get some historical perspective at Ainokura Gassho Community and Suganuma Gassho Community. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Kaga (Kakusenkei Gorge & Kutaniyaki Art Museum), Gokayama (in Nanto) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Maruoka Castle, see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shofukaku Garden.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa visit website.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 3 nights
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.
Visiting Enoshima Island and Mt. Takao will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Tokyo National Museum and Samurai Museum. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, stop by Ginza, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tokyo day trip app.

Fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

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.