21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + train:  18​h
1
Kyoto
— 2 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+3
train + subway + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
3
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + train + bus:  7​h 15​min
4
Motobu-cho
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
6
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
7
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Denver

2
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.
On the 13th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Gion.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner .

Denver, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Denver to Kyoto. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Denver in October; daily highs in Kyoto reach 74°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
On the 15th (Tue), snap pictures at Kintaikyo Bridge and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima driving holiday site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kintaikyo Bridge
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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.
On the 17th (Thu), make a trip to Wilson Stump, explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then make a trip to Jōmon Sugi. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa and then admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho by combination of train, flight, and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in October, Yakushima-cho is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa

1
night
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road and then contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Motobu-cho trip planner .

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Motobu-cho by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nakijin Castle Ruins
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Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, then admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, and finally make a trip to Funauki Village.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Iriomote-jima travel route tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Motobu-cho to Iriomote-jima. In October in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and then get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, then walk around Banna Park, then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and finally stroll around Kabira Park.

To plan Ishigaki vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Irabu Ohashi. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, stroll through Aragusuku Beach, and head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Miyakojima travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in October, expect Tokyo to be a bit cooler, temps between 72°F and 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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