22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
5
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Dotombori District in Dotombori (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary tool.

Cincinnati, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cincinnati in May since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Yamato Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daishoin Temple and Shukkei-en Garden. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima holiday planning app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

1
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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.
On the 21st (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge.

Make your Takachiho-cho itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Takachiho-cho are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

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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 22nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, then make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, and finally admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Miyanouradake.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of car, train, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 63°F. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Mt. Miyanouradake ©
Mt. Miyanouradake

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 24th (Mon), see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge. On your second day here, make a trip to East Henna Cape, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach, then take in the views from Kurima Bridge, then kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, and finally snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima tour planner.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Miyakojima in 9.5 hours. In May, Miyakojima is somewhat warmer than Yakushima-cho - with highs of 82°F and lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

4
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Take a break from the city and head to Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Spend 28th (Fri) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, get great views at Cape Ongazaki, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Beach, and look for gifts at Yurateiku Market.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary site.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. May in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 30th (Sun), get outside with Ida no Hama Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

Before you visit Iriomote-jima, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in May, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay May 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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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.
Let the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Wa Space capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Asakusa Shrine and Senso-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker app.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Tokyo in 7.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Iriomote-jima in May; daily highs in Tokyo reach 76°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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