21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Ishigaki
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 15​min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
7
Matsue
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + train:  5​h 30​min
8
Takayama
— 1 night
+2
train + Fly + taxi:  8​h 30​min
9
Shari-cho
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: London

1
night
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 15th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki. On the next day, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki travel route planning tool .

London, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Ishigaki, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in October, things will get much warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kayaking & Canoeing
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Get in touch with nature at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iriomote Island and Funauki Village. There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi, kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakano Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. October in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 20th (Sun), stroll through Sunayama Beach, then take in the views from Irabu Bridge, then snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Miyakojima journey planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

2
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Zakimi Castle Ruins, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Zampa, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Katsuren Castle Ruins, appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, and then steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Onna-son sightseeing site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Onna-son can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Yomitan-son, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

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.
On the 24th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yakushima-cho tour itinerary maker site .

Getting from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Onna-son in October: highs in Yakushima-cho hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at Amanoyasu Kawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, then explore the striking landscape at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka, then take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, and finally take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Takachiho-cho, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

1
night
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 28th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tamatsukuriyu Shrine, and finally explore the activities along Shinji Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Karakama Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, and finally contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsue driving holiday planning site .

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Matsue in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in October, you will find days in Matsue are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Izumo, Shinji Lake, Adachi Museum of Art
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:
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Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): examine the collection at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then steep yourself in history at Kanda house, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, and finally contemplate the long history of Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiouji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Soyuji Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama sightseeing tool .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Matsue to Takayama in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course

1
night
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, then admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and then admire the masterpieces at Kita no Alp Art Museum. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Shari-cho planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Takayama to Shari-cho takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In November, Shari-cho is slightly colder than Takayama - with highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Shiretoko Peninsula
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula

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