23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Bus to Takachiho-cho
3
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
4
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Izumo
— 1 night
Fly
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Nikko
— 2 nights
Train
8
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
9
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive to Kansai International Airport, Fly to O R Tambo International

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Take a break from the city and head to Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Yonehara Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki travel route planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Ishigaki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ishigaki, with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

3
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Toguchi no Hama and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Aragusuku Beach will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, make a trip to East Henna Cape, get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach, and stroll around Imugya Marine Garden.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima sightseeing site.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Takachiho-cho route planning website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Takachiho-cho in 8 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in November, expect nights in Takachiho-cho to be colder, around 10°C, while days are little chillier, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow 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 26th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, then don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump. On the next day, get outside with Yakusugi Land.

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Do a combination of car, train, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Takachiho-cho in November: high temperatures in Yakushima-cho hover around 24°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Izumo.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

1
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Izumo

Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
On the 28th (Sun), kick back and relax at Inasa Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hinomisaki Shrine, then get all the information you need at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, then don't miss a visit to Former Taisha Station, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Izumo route builder website.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Izumo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in November: high temperatures in Izumo hover around 18°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

3
nights
Tokyo

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.
Get some historical perspective at Zojo-ji Temple and Senso-ji Temple. Get some cultural insight at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Odaiba District. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, indulge your senses at ►► Withlocals™ - Local Private Tours 🇯🇵, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo attractions website.

You can fly from Izumo to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

2
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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 2nd (Thu), explore the stunning scenery at Ryuokyo Canyon, contemplate the long history of Hongu Shrine, explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge, then contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): stroll around Italian Embassy House Memorial Park, explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, then admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, then admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls, and finally don't miss a visit to Senjogahara Field.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nikko route planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Nikko, with highs around 11°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tenryuji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Nikko to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Nikko in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 4°C in Kyoto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas · Parks

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Koya-cho

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho trip planning website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Koya-cho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.