22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Zamami-son
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h
4
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures. Do some cultural sightseeing at Odaiba and Ginza. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take a stroll through Akihabara.

Plan my day in Tokyo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Chicago, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 15 hours. Traveling from Chicago in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 62°F and lows about 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
Onna-son

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 21st (Thu): kick back and relax at Anchihama, kick back and relax at Akabaka Beach, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Kise Beach and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Onna-son travel itinerary planner .

Fly from Tokyo to Onna-son in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect Onna-son to be somewhat warmer, temps between 76°F and 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kise Beach, Anchihama, Shark Diving, Akabaka Beach
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:
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Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

3
nights
Zamami-son

Zamami-son ©
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Take a break from the city and head to Gahijima Sand Dune and Furuzamami Beach. Visit Nishibama Beach and Hizushi Beach for some beach relaxation. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aka Beach and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Zamami-son trip planner .

You can drive from Onna-son to Zamami-son in 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Onna-son in November since evenings lows in Zamami-son dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Hizushi Beach ©
Hizushi Beach
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Aka Beach ©
Aka Beach

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Sukuji Beach and Sunset Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Akashi Beach, look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki road trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zamami-son to Ishigaki. In November, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 28:
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji Beach

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip site .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

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 1st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima tour itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Miyakojima in November: highs in Hiroshima hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

5
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Dotonbori. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kyoto (Ryoanji Temple, Kinkaku-ji, & more), Sanjusangendo Temple (in Higashiyama) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todai-ji Temple, & more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka vacation maker .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Himeji Castle
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 7:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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