22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo online travel route planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in July, with highs in Tokyo at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Ishigaki

— 4 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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, and head outdoors with Mt.Omotodake.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki driving holiday website.

You can fly from Tokyo to Ishigaki in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in July, Ishigaki is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Motobu-cho

— 3 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Onna-son (Moon Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, kick back and relax at Emerald Beach, head outdoors with Bisezaki, and head off the coast to Minnajima Island.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Motobu-cho are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Miyajima, &more). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima vacation builder app.

You can fly from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Osaka

— 2 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): make a trip to Kuchu Teien Observatory and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August in Osaka, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and visit Gion.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto attractions app.

Drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

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.