22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner
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Fly
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Nikko
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
4
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train to Hakata, Fly to Yakushima-cho
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
6
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Miyakojima
7
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
8
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
9
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Tokyo — 2 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tokyo National Museum and Samurai Museum. You'll explore and learn at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Edo-Tokyo Museum. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary maker.

Madrid, Spain to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Madrid to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Madrid in October since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Nikko.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:

Nikko — 2 nights

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 24th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate), then steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nikko road trip tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nikko: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Kyoto.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

Kyoto — 4 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Hosomi Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotombori District and Nishiki Market Shopping District. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, stop by Gion, and steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

Make your Kyoto itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Nikko to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nikko in October, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 29:

Hiroshima — 1 night

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Hiroshima route planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.
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Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:

Yakushima-cho — 2 nights

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.
On the 31st (Mon), explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and then take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Yakusugi Land.

Plan my day in Yakushima-cho using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Yakushima-cho when traveling from Hiroshima in October, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Onna-son.
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Nature · Parks · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

Onna-son — 2 nights

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
On the 2nd (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and then get all the information you need at Katsuren Castle Ruins.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Onna-son planner.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. When traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Onna-son, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.
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Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:

Miyakojima — 2 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): get outside with Sunayama Beach, then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and then head off the coast to Kouri Island.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Miyakojima trip builder site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. Traveling from Onna-son in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Miyakojima, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.
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Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:

Iriomote-jima — 2 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, then kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 7:

Ishigaki — 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and then get active on the water at Fusaki Beach. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary builder website.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In November in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 25°C at night. On the 10th (Thu), you'll travel back home.
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Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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