22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 45​min
4
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
7
Matsue
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
8
Furano
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
9
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cape Hirakubozaki and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Take a break from the city and head to Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. On the 13th (Sat), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Yurateiku Market.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki itinerary planner.

London, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. While traveling from London, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Iriomote Island will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Funauki Village. There's more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima online attractions planner .

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In July in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Kayaking & Canoeing
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Yabiji. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Aragusuku Beach. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Sunayama Beach, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. July in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): make a trip to Daimonzaka, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho trip maker .

Do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Nachikatsura-cho in 7 hours. When traveling from Miyakojima in July, plan for little chillier days in Nachikatsura-cho, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Toji and Tofuku-ji Temple. Get some cultural insight at Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Dotonbori, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Nishiki Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online itinerary planner .

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Dotonbori
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

2
nights
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 24th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): examine the collection at Yamato Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, and finally contemplate the long history of Matsue Castle. Keep things going the next day: stop by Rihaku Shuzo, then steep yourself in history at Karakama Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, and finally explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Matsue trip website .

You can drive from Hiroshima to Matsue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Furano.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:
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Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine

1
day
Furano

Furano ©
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Furabi, then stop by Campana Rokkatei, then take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita, and finally admire the natural beauty at Choei Lavender Farm.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Furano tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Matsue to Furano in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Matsue in July; daily highs in Furano reach 30°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Furano

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Nakafurano-cho
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 28:
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Choei Lavender Farm ©
Choei Lavender Farm
Campana Rokkatei ©
Campana Rokkatei
Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita

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.
Get some historical perspective at Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum. Head to Ginza and Asakusafor some retail therapy. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Yokohama to see Minato Mirai 21 about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Takeshita Street, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Furano to Tokyo in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Furano in July, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

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