18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
+3
train + taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
6
Matsue
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and then take a stroll through Ginza. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip maker site .

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Tokyo. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in May, with highs in Tokyo at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

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 Sunayama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. Relax by the water at Aragusuku Beach and Yonaha Maehama Beach. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, and enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima day trip tool .

You can fly from Tokyo to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in May; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 32°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Funauki Village will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Nakano Beach. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ida no Hama Beach, and contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima day trip site .

Traveling by ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 4 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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.
Relax by the water at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Cape Hirakubozaki and Kayaking & Canoeing. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, view the masterpieces at Nei Museum of Art, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki road trip planning app .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinkaku-ji and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Honganji.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Kyoto in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in May, things will get a bit cooler in Kyoto: highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle, stop by Rihaku Shuzo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tateiwa Shrine. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Taisha Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, and then steep yourself in history at Former Taisha Station.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Matsue trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Kyoto to Matsue takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Matsue are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art
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Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

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