21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Porto
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Nakijin-son
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Zamami-son
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Iwami-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Porto

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.
Do your shopping at Pinion Direct Shop and Nei Museum of Art. Relax by the water at Yonehara Beach and Akashi Beach. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site, and enjoy the sand and surf at Fusaki Beach.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki itinerary planner.

Porto, Portugal to Ishigaki is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Porto in April, with highs in Ishigaki at 30°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stroll through Nagamahama Beach Coast, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, and then kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave, then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally take in the views from Irabu Bridge.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in April, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Nakijin-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

2
nights
Nakijin-son

Nakijin-son ©
Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): kick back and relax at GI Beach, stroll through Anchihama, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, and finally kick back and relax at Akabaka Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Okuma Beach, then look for gifts at Farmer's Market Haisai! Yanbaru Market, and then kick back and relax at Kise Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nakijin-son visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Nakijin-son takes 4.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Miyakojima in April since evenings lows in Nakijin-son dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nago, Okuma Beach, GI Beach
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Okuma Beach ©
Okuma Beach

2
nights
Zamami-son

Zamami-son ©
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): kick back and relax at Furuzamami Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gahijima Sand Dune. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Aharen Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hizushi Beach.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zamami-son travel route planning app .

You can drive from Nakijin-son to Zamami-son in 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Aharen Beach
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Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

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

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zamami-son to Hiroshima. Traveling from Zamami-son in April, expect Hiroshima to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Iwami-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

1
night
Iwami-cho

Iwami-cho ©
On the 17th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Uradome Coast, explore the activities along Uradome Seacoast Marine Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Iwami-cho tour site .

You can drive from Hiroshima to Iwami-cho in 5 hours. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, expect nights in Iwami-cho to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Iwami-cho

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Uradome Coast ©
Uradome Coast

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 Gion and Nijo Castle. Head to Dotonbori and Maiko Antiques Kyotofor plenty of shopping. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary tool .

Getting from Iwami-cho to Kyoto by car takes about 3.5 hours. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Todai-ji Temple, Dotonbori
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

5
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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba and Tokyo National Museum. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip builder .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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