23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
4
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
5
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
7
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
8
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
9
Nanjo
— 3 nights

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.
Visiting Nosoko Mape and Kubazaki Beach will get you outdoors. Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi and Ishigakijima Observatory will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ishigaki: Kuro-shima (Nakamoto Beach & Kuroshima Lighthouse) and Kohama Seaport (in Kohama-jima). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, see the interesting displays at MInsah Kogei Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Shiraho Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki online trip builder.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Ishigaki is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Dubai in April; daily highs in Ishigaki reach °C and lows reach °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kohama-jima, Kuro-shima, Island Countryside Settlement
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Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi ©
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Todomari Beach, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, thenget outside with Hoshisuna Beach, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

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Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari 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 9th (Thu): make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, thenkick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Nagamahama Beach Coast. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Miyakojima City Museum, examine the collection at Miyakojima City Traditional Crafts Center, thensee the interesting displays at Underground Dam Museum, thensee the interesting displays at Miyakojima Sea Treasure Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Yukishio Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip itinerary website.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Nagamahama Beach Coast ©
Nagamahama Beach Coast

1
night
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Takachiho Gorge has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Heitate Shrine, make a trip to Akimoto Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Takachiho Museum of History and Folklore, steep yourself in history at Kushifuru Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Aratate Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Tunnel Station, go for a walk through Takachihokyo Passage, explore the striking landscape at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, and finally take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho day trip planning website.

Fly from Miyakojima to Takachiho-cho in 8.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Miyakojima in April; daily highs in Takachiho-cho reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Heitate Shrine
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Kushifuru Shrine ©
Kushifuru Shrine
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get outside with Isso Beach, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Yaku Shrine, and then get all the information you need at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Ruins of Kosugidani Village, take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls, thentake in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mocchomudake, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yakushima-cho online trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Yakushima-cho when traveling from Takachiho-cho in April, with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Beaches
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Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach
Mt. Mocchomudake ©
Mt. Mocchomudake
Tachudake ©
Tachudake

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, admire the masterpieces at Miho Museum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiyamadera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple). Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jonangu Shrine, contemplate the long history of Keage Incline, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Honen-in, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Kyoto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kyoto, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Otsu, Uji, Miho Museum
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Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
Ishiyamadera Temple ©
Ishiyamadera Temple
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

1
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Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Nachi Primeval Forest, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, thenexplore the activities along Nachi Forest, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudarakusanji Temple, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Umikongo. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Kajitorizaki, examine the collection at Taiji Whale Museum, thenget outside with Kujirahama Beach, thenhead off the coast to Kinomatsushima Island, and finally examine the collection at Kiwacho Mine Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nachikatsura-cho when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Taiji-cho, Umikongo, Kiwacho Mine Museum
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Nachi Forest ©
Nachi Forest
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine
Taiji Whale Museum ©
Taiji Whale Museum

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Let the collections at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum and Motorcar Museum of Japan capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt. Tateyama and Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple. Step out of Kanazawa with an excursion to Cosmo Isle Hakui in Hakui--about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Kanazawa Catholic Church, see the interesting displays at Ashigaru Museum, and stop by Amanatto Kawamura.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa vacation builder.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, plan for little chillier nights in Kanazawa, with lows around °C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nanjo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mt. Tateyama, Cosmo Isle Hakui, Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple, Motorcar Museum of Japan
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Mt. Tateyama ©
Mt. Tateyama
Motorcar Museum of Japan ©
Motorcar Museum of Japan
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum ©
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum

3
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Nanjo

Nanjo ©
With a long Pacific coastline, Nanjo offers fantastic views of the ocean from high cliffs covered with lush greenery, as well as from its long sandy beaches.
On the 23rd (Thu), kick back and relax at Azama Sun Sun Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudakajima Yohaijo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangui, thenexamine the collection at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Urasoe Castle Ruins, and finally examine the collection at Haebaru Town Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirumichu, explore the world behind art at Sakima Art Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Tamagusuku Castle Ruin, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Hyakuna Beach, and finally get outside with Hanashiro no sato Beach.

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You can fly from Kanazawa to Nanjo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, expect nights in Nanjo to be much warmer, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nanjo

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Urasoe, Sakima Art Museum, Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum, Haebaru Town Museum, Shirumichu
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Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum ©
Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum
Shirumichu ©
Shirumichu
Hyakuna Beach ©
Hyakuna Beach

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