20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  5​h
3
Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  4​h
6
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1​h
7
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Mexico City

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nezu Shrine and Nezu Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) and Kiyose Sunflower Farm. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, & more). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo journey maker app .

Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Mexico City to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Sarushima Island (Monkey Island), Kiyose Sunflower Farm
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Tenryuji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Miho Museum (in Koka) and Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Kasuga Grand Shrine). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip tool .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Miho Museum
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

4
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.
Ruins of Kosugidani Village and Yaku Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Yakusugi Land and Janokuchinotaki Falls will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: get all the information you need at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Isso Beach, head outdoors with Nagata Inakahama, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mocchomudake.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Kyoto to Yakushima-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kyoto in March, with highs in Yakushima-cho at 20°C and lows at 13°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama
Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach

2
nights
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 24th (Tue): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Tiger Beach, then kick back and relax at Sun Marina Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Manzamo, and finally engage your brain at Kemmin no Mori Forest Science Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Oceanic Culture Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach, then steep yourself in history at Urasoe Castle Ruins, then take in the exciting artwork at Yomitanzanyaki Kitagama, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Onna-son trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. While traveling from Yakushima-cho, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Onna-son, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Yomitanzanyaki Kitagama, Urasoe Castle Ruins, Oceanic Culture Museum
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo
Urasoe Castle Ruins ©
Urasoe Castle Ruins

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yabiji and Yonaha Maehama Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Yukishio Museum and Miyakojima City Traditional Crafts Center. And it doesn't end there: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, see the interesting displays at Underground Dam Museum, kick back and relax at Painagama Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Onna-son in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Miyakojima, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites
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Miyakojima City Museum ©
Miyakojima City Museum
Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, then kick back and relax at Todomari Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nakama-river Protected Region. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 4 hours. March in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and then get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Kubazaki Beach, see the interesting displays at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip builder .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kohama-jima, Island Countryside Settlement, Kondoi Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble

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