21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Tokyo
— 1 night
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
4
Onna-son
— 1 night
5
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
6
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
7
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
8
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
9
Hiroshima
— 3 nights

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and then stop by Ginza. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and finally make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip site.

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Tokyo is 9 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in May, with highs in Tokyo at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Shimogamo Jinja will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kinkaku-ji and Osaka Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Minami (Namba) (in Namba) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay May 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip planner.

Fly from Kyoto to Yakushima-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

1
night
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
On the 12th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Zakimi Castle Ruins, explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, don't miss a visit to Cape Maeda, then look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Onna-son vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in May, Onna-son is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Zakimi Castle Ruins
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Zakimi Castle Ruins ©
Zakimi Castle Ruins
Onna Station Nakayukui Market ©
Onna Station Nakayukui Market

2
nights
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 13th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, then kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and finally identify plant and animal life at Yabiji. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then get outside with Aragusuku Beach, then snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip builder website.

You can fly from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 5 hours. In May in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. Get outdoors at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Sunset Beach. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, stroll around Kabira Park, stop by Yurateiku Market, and kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In May in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. May in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, and finally go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Takachiho-cho in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Iriomote-jima in May, with highs in Takachiho-cho at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 21st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

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