20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tumon, Guam
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+3
train + subway + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
4
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
7
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  6​h 15​min
8
Ise
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Tumon, Guam

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunayama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally snap pictures at Kurima Bridge.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip maker .

Tumon, Guam to Miyakojima is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone changes from Chamorro Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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nights
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.
On the 11th (Sun), get outside with Outdoor Activities, then get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki sightseeing planner .

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In August in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine and then examine the collection at Yamato Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Itsukushima Shrine, Yamato Museum
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

2
nights
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 15th (Thu): stroll through Nagata Inakahama and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and then trek along Yakusugi Land.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and finally see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Odaiba and then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Tokyo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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.
Popular historic sites such as Sanzen-in Temple and Kennin-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Ninna-ji Temple and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto travel planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

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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 22nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heitate Shrine, then get to know the fascinating history of Aso Mizuki Meguri, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Ikeyama Springs.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho journey builder app .

You can fly from Kyoto to Takachiho-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aso Mizuki Meguri, Ikeyama Springs, Heitate Shrine
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Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

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Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the activities along Miyagawa Zutsumi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, examine the collection at Okageza, make a trip to Oharai-machi, then get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Ise Furuichi Sangu Kaido Shiryokan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanoiwaya, make a trip to Meotoiwa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matsuo Kanonji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Sarume Shrine.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ise trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Ise by combination of flight and train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ise, with lows around 32°C. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

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