25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Val d'Or
Fly:  26​h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
4
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
5
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
+3
bus + train + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Val d'Or

2
nights
Tokyo

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo sightseeing planning website .

Val d'Or, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Val d'Or to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In April, Tokyo is much warmer than Val d'Or - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

3
nights
Ishigaki

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Kondoi Beach. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, get great views at Cape Ongazaki, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. In April, Ishigaki is somewhat warmer than Tokyo - with highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, then head off the coast to Iriomote Island, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, and finally identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima road trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In April in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and East Henna Cape. There's much more to do: take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip builder tool .

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge

2
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
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.
On the 19th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Kouri Ohashi, don't miss a visit to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, and finally stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park. On the next day, meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center, and then don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho holiday planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Motobu-cho takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in April, Motobu-cho is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nakijin-son
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road
Tropical Dream Center ©
Tropical Dream Center

1
night
Yakushima-cho

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get your bearings at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and then admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Wilson Stump, explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Motobu-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kintaikyo Bridge and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, Hiroshima is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Kyoto

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Toji and Heian Shrine. Change things up with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning app .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Toji ©
Toji

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip itinerary app .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Tsuzumi Gate ©
Tsuzumi Gate

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