22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  22​h
1
Ishigaki
— 3 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 + taxi:  6​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  8​h 30​min
6
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Toronto

3
nights
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.
Visit Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Cape Hirakubozaki and Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stop by Yurateiku Market, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and walk around Banna Park.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Ishigaki is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Ishigaki is 14 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in March, with highs in Ishigaki at 26°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 6th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Kanpirei Falls, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and then kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima itinerary tool .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Kanpirei Falls ©
Kanpirei Falls

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sunayama Beach and Shimojiiima Island. You'll get in some beach time at Aragusuku Beach and Yonaha Maehama Beach. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Toguchi no Hama, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, stop by Furusato, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima sightseeing planner.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In March, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

3
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.
Visit Nakijin Castle Ruins and Katsuren Castle Ruins for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and Sefa-Utaki. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Kafu Banta (in Uruma), Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park (in Motobu-cho) and AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM (in Kitanakagusuku-son). It doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Onna-son trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Miyakojima to Onna-son by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Onna-son, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Uruma, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, Sefa-Utaki, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park
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Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then make a trip to Jōmon Sugi. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Yakushima Local Produce Processing and Marketing Center and then explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho day trip site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Onna-son in March: high temperatures in Yakushima-cho hover around 20°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

1
night
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 16th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple. On your second day here, stroll through Hashigui Rock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho route maker website .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Nachikatsura-cho takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Yakushima-cho in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Nachikatsura-cho, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
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Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tenryuji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Tofuku-ji Temple and Toji. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Toshodaiji Temple, & more), Ise (Sarutahiko Shrine, Ise Shrine Geku, & more) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Koyasan Okunoin, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Hikone Castle, steep yourself in history at Byodoin, and don't miss a visit to 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園.

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Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in March, plan for little chillier nights in Kyoto, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ise, Nara, Koya-cho, Hikone, Byodoin
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Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

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