21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours

Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Nikko
— 2 nights
3
Towada
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
5
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
6
Onna-son
— 1 night
7
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
8
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
9
Miyakojima
— 3 nights

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip site.

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. Traveling from London in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nikko National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, thenadmire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, thenadmire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls, and finally explore the activities along Yunoko Lake.

Make your Nikko itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Towada.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Yudaki Falls ©
Yudaki Falls
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall

2
nights
Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Hakufu no Taki, take in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall, explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Kudan no Taki Waterfall, and finally explore the activities along Oirase River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center, appreciate the views at Tashirotai Heights, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hakkoda Mountains, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Tsutanonana Swamp, and finally snap pictures at Deai-bashi Bridge.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Towada trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Nikko to Towada by combination of train and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nikko in October: high temperatures in Towada hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Towada

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Aomori Prefecture, Tashirotai Heights
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Choshi Otaki Waterfall ©
Choshi Otaki Waterfall
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Hakkoda Mountains ©
Hakkoda Mountains

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, thenstep into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Towada to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Towada in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Oko no Taki Fall. Get in touch with nature at Yakusugi Land and Nagata Inakahama. There's much more to do: trek along Seibu Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls, and don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Kyoto in October, Yakushima-cho is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley

1
night
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Cape Manzamo, enjoy the sand and surf at Manza Beach, thenstop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Onna-son journey maker site.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Manza Beach ©
Manza Beach
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 18th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall, thenadmire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Keep things going the next day: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, thenhead off the coast to Iriomote Island, and finally kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima takes 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, thenstroll around Kabira Park, and finally kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary builder tool.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 22nd (Thu), get great views at Shimojishima Airport RW17 End, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, thensnap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, thenkick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, thensee some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Miyakojima are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

Similar Plans

22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL June, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights Preferences: June, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: September, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM BELGIUM July, culture, historic sites, shopping, popular sights Preferences: July, culture, historic sites, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 25 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SPAIN March, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: March, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, culture, museums, shopping, popular sights Preferences: April, culture, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 22 days in Japan & Jeju BY A USER FROM INDONESIA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 31 days in Japan BY A USER FROM URUGUAY March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM TAIWAN August, teens, kids, popular sights Preferences: August, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 24 days in Japan BY A USER FROM TURKEY August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium
See more plans