19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
4
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
5
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
6
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
7
Miyakojima
— 2 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba District. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Akihabara, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo road trip planning site.

Norwich, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Norwich to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In May, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Norwich - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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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 18th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, thenwander the streets of Gokayama, thentake a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, thenmake a trip to Kanazawa Castle Hashizume Gate Tsuzukiyagura, and finally stop by Higashichaya Old Town.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kanazawa driving holiday tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of °C in Kanazawa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kinkaku-ji and Tofuku-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, stop by Arashiyama, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Honen-in.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto route builder.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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Takachiho-cho

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 24th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, thenexplore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): make a trip to Shirakawa Springs and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho trip planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shirakawa Springs
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Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, thenhead off the coast to Iriomote Island, thenget outside with Ida no Hama Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Takachiho-cho to Iriomote-jima takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In May, Iriomote-jima is a bit warmer than Takachiho-cho - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, thenenjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Banna Park, thentake a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, thenkick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ishigaki tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. May in Ishigaki sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji. On the next day, take in the pleasant sights at Imugya Marine Garden, make a trip to East Henna Cape, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, thenkick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, thentake in the views from Kurima Bridge, and finally head off the coast to Kouri Island.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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