21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bodo
Fly:  29​h
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Bodo

2
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Cape Hirakubozaki and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. On the 24th (Fri), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's more to do: stop by Yurateiku Market and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki itinerary builder app .

Bodo, Norway to Ishigaki is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Bodo to Ishigaki, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bodo in July, things will get much warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 38°C and lows about 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): head off the coast to Iriomote Island and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, then kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls.

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You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Attractions like Kayaking & Canoeing and Aragusuku Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Toguchi no Hama and Sunayama Beach. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima travel route builder site .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

3
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Okuma Beach and Manza Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Onna Station Nakayukui Market and Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Nakijin-son (Nakijin Castle Ruins & Kouri-jima Island) and Okichan Theater (in Motobu-cho). There's more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Onna-son visit site .

Getting from Miyakojima to Onna-son by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Onna-son can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Okuma Beach, Nakijin Castle Ruins
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okuma Beach ©
Okuma Beach
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

4
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 Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo and Musubi Kyoto. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotonbori (in Osaka) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market, don't miss a visit to Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Kyoto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. August in Kyoto sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

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

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba and Takeshita Street. Have a day of magic on the 8th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza and get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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