22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Kansai International Airport, Drive to Koya-cho
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly to Naha Airport, Drive to Okinawa City
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Okinawa City
— 2 nights
Drive to Naha Airport, Fly to New Ishigaki Airport
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Tokyo Haneda
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Koya-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, then stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-in Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichijo-in Temple. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Danjo Garan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokiin.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Koya-cho online journey planner.

Manchester, UK to Koya-cho is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Manchester in May, expect Koya-cho to be a bit warmer, temps between 27°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tenryuji Temple and Heian Shrine. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daikaku-ji, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Itsukushima Shrine and Daishoin Temple. Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Peace Flame will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Former Naval Academy (in Etajima), Bay Side Beach Saka (in Saka-cho) and Senjokaku (in Hatsukaichi). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Hiroshima road trip app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trips

Okinawa City

— 2 nights
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. On the 12th (Wed), sample the fine beverages at Helios Distillery, enjoy the sand and surf at Nago citizen Beach, then kick back and relax at Busena Beach, then head outdoors with Diamond Beach, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi Beach, wander the streets of Minatogawa Stateside Town, contemplate the long history of Urasoe Castle Ruins, then contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Awase Shrine.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Okinawa City driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hiroshima to Okinawa City. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ishigaki

— 3 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Cape Hirakubozaki and Tojinbaka will appeal to history buffs. Explore Ishigaki's surroundings by going to Kuro-shima (Nishinohama & Nakamoto Beach). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, kick back and relax at Akashi Beach, and get outside with Sunset Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Ishigaki trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Okinawa City to Ishigaki. In May, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ueno District and Nezu Shrine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asakusa Shrine and Yanaka District. The adventure continues: make a trip to Hozomon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hie Jinjya, indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and steep yourself in history at Sengaku-ji Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Tokyo in 7.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Iriomote-jima in May; daily highs in Tokyo reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.