21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Ise
— 2 nights
5
Onna-son
— 3 nights
6
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
7
Ishigaki
— 3 nights

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as teamLab☆Planets and University of Tokyo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hozomon and Mori Art Museum. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, steep yourself in history at Sengaku-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In December in Tokyo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Mori Art Museum ©
Mori Art Museum
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Let the collections at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum and Dolls Museum capture your imagination. Ainokura Gassho Community and Kazuemachi Tea House Street will appeal to history buffs. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Kanda house (in Shirakawa-mura) and Nanto (Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple & Gokayama). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa online trip builder.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Kanazawa, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Kanda house
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Kanda house ©
Kanda house

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Toji. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tofuku-ji Temple and Shimogamo Jinja. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanzen-ji Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip builder.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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Toji ©
Toji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yamato-hime Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Jingu Chokokan Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, thendon't miss a visit to Hinjitsukan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meotoiwa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kazahinominomiya, examine the collection at Okageza, thencontemplate the long history of Izawanomiya, thentake an in-depth tour of Saiku Histrical Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Shrine Geku.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ise online trip builder.

Drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in January since evenings lows in Ise dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Izawanomiya, Saiku Histrical Museum
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
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Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine ©
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine
Meotoiwa ©
Meotoiwa
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

3
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Explore hidden gems such as Katsuren Castle Ruins and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins. Your inner history buff will appreciate Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and The Tower of Himeyuri. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Itoman (Himeyuri Peace Museum & Yamagusukubara Monchubaka) and Valley of Gangala (in Nanjo). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at Sun Marina Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, and make a trip to Cape Maeda.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Onna-son route tool.

You can fly from Ise to Onna-son in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Ise in January, expect Onna-son to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Itoman, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, Zakimi Castle Ruins, Valley of Gangala
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Katsuren Castle Ruins ©
Katsuren Castle Ruins
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Kanpiree Waterfall, thenidentify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Nakama-river Protected Region, identify plant and animal life at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, thenkick back and relax at Todomari Beach, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima travel route planner.

You can fly from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima in 6 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Onna-son in January since evenings lows in Iriomote-jima dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
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Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach

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 Island Countryside Settlement will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like MInsah Kogei Museum and Ishigaki City Yaeyama Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, take an in-depth tour of Memorial Hall of Yoko Gushiken, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and hike along Nosoko Forest Road.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ishigaki are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

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