22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
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Onna-son
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ise
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Let the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Samurai Museum capture your imagination. For shopping fun, head to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 or Gallery Marusan. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hie Jinjya, wander the streets of Ginza, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Chicago to Tokyo. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in February: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 51°F and lows are around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
For shopping fun, head to Yurateiku Market or Nei Museum of Art. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cape Hirakubozaki and Kondoi Beach. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and stroll around Kabira Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Ishigaki by flight takes about 5 hours. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach. On your second day here, snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, and finally step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. February in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Onna-son

— 4 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nakijin Castle Ruins and Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sefa-Utaki and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: St. Clara Church (in Yonabaru-cho), Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Nakagusuku-son) and AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM (in Kitanakagusuku-son). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and don't miss a visit to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Onna-son holiday planning app.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 54°F in Onna-son. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Ise

— 2 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, then examine the collection at Okageza, and finally look for gifts at Kumihimo Hirai.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ise online trip builder.

Fly from Onna-son to Ise in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. When traveling from Onna-son in February, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Ise: temperatures range from 46°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Shop till you drop at Dotombori District and Jikko Cutlery Sakai. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, make a trip to Gion, see what you can catch with Hero Tour Japan, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

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

Getting from Ise to Kyoto by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kyoto, with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Parks

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.