21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  7​h 30​min
6
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Nachikatsura-cho
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kondoi Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Get outdoors at Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. On the 30th (Mon), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary maker .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Ishigaki is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tel Aviv in March since evenings lows in Ishigaki dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Scuba & Snorkeling. Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Nara no Taki Falls. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Iriomote Island, explore and take pictures at Utara Tanko, take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Funauki Village.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In March, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 2:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kids will enjoy Sunayama Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. Visiting Aragusuku Beach and Irabu-jima Island will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave, and go for a walk through Shimojishima Airport RW17 End.

Discover how to plan a Miyakojima trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. April in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku 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 7th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the dramatic natural features at Tobera Rock, and then contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, and then look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Onna-son vacation builder site .

Getting from Miyakojima to Onna-son by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in April, Onna-son is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Shopping Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Nakijin Castle Ruins, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

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 9th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, then admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, and finally explore the striking landscape at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces.

To see maps and more tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho trip planner .

Fly from Onna-son to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Onna-son in April, expect Takachiho-cho to be slightly colder, temps between 23°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Wada House, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, contemplate the long history of Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, then stop by Curnontue, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daio-ji Temple, and then hit the slopes at Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama sightseeing planning website .

Do a combination of flight and train from Takachiho-cho to Takayama in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Takachiho-cho in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Takayama: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Wada House ©
Wada House

3
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kumano Nachi Taisha and Kamikura Shrine. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nachi Mitaki Falls and Kumano Hayatama Taisha. Explore Nachikatsura-cho's surroundings by going to Ichimai-iwa (in Kozagawa-cho), Kumano (Daiuma Shrine & Ubuta Shrine) and Hashigui Rock (in Kushimoto-cho). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Kajitorizaki, and don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nachikatsura-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Takayama in April since evenings lows in Nachikatsura-cho dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Shingu, Kumano, Ichimai-iwa, Kajitorizaki, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 15:
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls

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