22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step out of the city life by going to Yabiji and Yonaha Maehama Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Toguchi no Hama.

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San Francisco, USA to Miyakojima is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Miyakojima due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in November: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 78°F and lows are around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's much more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and stroll around Kabira Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki online trip builder .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Itsukushima Shrine. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at JMSDF Kure Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Daishoin Temple, & more) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in November, expect nights in Hiroshima to be much colder, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

4
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 Shimogamo Jinja and Tofuku-ji Temple. Get some historical perspective at Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Nijo Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto holiday planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get some historical perspective at Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Ainokura Gassho Community. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Natadera Temple (in Komatsu), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, & more) and Maruoka Castle (in Sakai). There's more to do: wander the streets of Gokayama and contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip maker website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in November, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Natadera Temple
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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Minato Mirai 21 and Pola Museum of Art. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tokyo National Museum and Imperial Palace. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and wander the streets of Ginza.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Minato Mirai 21, Pola Museum of Art
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

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