20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Larnaca
Fly + train:  19​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
+3
train + taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
3
Matsue
— 2 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
6
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
7
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Larnaca

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Get some cultural insight at Senso-ji Temple and Harajuku Takeshita-dori. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

Larnaca, Cyprus to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Larnaca to Tokyo. When traveling from Larnaca in April, plan for little chillier days in Tokyo, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kodai-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Gion, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
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.
On the 28th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tamatsukuriyu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seiganji Temple, then admire the masterpieces at Adachi Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iya Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Former Taisha Station, then take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, then steep yourself in history at Karakama Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Matsue Castle.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Matsue route app .

Do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Kyoto to Matsue in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. April in Matsue sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:
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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

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 30th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Miyajima, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima tour itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Matsue to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:
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2
nights
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 2nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, then snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, then take in the views from Kurima Bridge, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonaha Maehama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima trip planning site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hiroshima in May: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 32°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Funauki Village. Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Pinaisara Falls. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Iriomote Island, kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, and steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima journey maker .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to 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.
Cape Hirakubozaki and East Paisaji Ogoku will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Kondoi Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki day trip website .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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