22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h
4
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  7​h
7
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

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 30th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

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

Valletta, Malta to Ishigaki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Valletta to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Valletta in March: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 26°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Parks

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Ida no Hama Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Nakano Beach and Todomari Beach. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima driving holiday tool .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In April, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
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.
Visit Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Toguchi no Hama and Shimojiiima Island. There's much more to do: take in the views from Irabu Bridge, make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima online itinerary planner .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In April in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

2
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, then enjoy breathtaking views from Shishiiwa Tenbodai, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hatsukaichi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Miyakojima in April, things will get little chillier in Hatsukaichi: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

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 Dotonbori and Gion. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tofuku-ji Temple and Toji. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

Before you visit Kyoto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by train from Hatsukaichi to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Dotonbori
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Odaiba and Minato Mirai 21. Do your shopping at Ginza and Asakusa. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, shop like a local with Harajuku Takeshita-dori, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

2
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Get in touch with nature at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Rusutsu Resort Ski. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hanazono Niseko Resort and Niseko Outdoor Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kutchan-cho: Yoichi-cho (Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery & Kakizaki Shoten).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kutchan-cho online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Tokyo to Kutchan-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you will find days in Kutchan-cho are colder (9°C), and nights are little chillier (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Yoichi-cho, Niseko Outdoor Center, Rusutsu Resort Ski
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski

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