22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
2
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
3
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
4
Shari-cho
— 1 night
5
Nanjo
— 2 nights
6
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
7
Miyakojima
— 3 nights

3
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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Popular historic sites such as Kita Family House and Wada House are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Tojimbo Cliff and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Takayama Jinya (in Takayama) and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple and contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa tour itinerary site.

San Francisco, USA to Kanazawa is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight, tram, and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Kanazawa. Traveling from San Francisco in November, expect Kanazawa to be little chillier, temps between 59°F and 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Tojimbo Cliff, Wada House, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Kita Family House
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine

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 27th (Tue), take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, and finally take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka, and then identify plant and animal life at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho tour planning site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kanazawa to Takachiho-cho in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. November in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
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Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls
Kunimigaoka ©
Kunimigaoka

2
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Yakusugi Land and Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Taikoiwa and Shakunagenomori Park. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, make a trip to Wilson Stump, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ushidokomoisho.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho online visit planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Yakushima-cho: highs are around 70°F and lows about 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

1
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Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
On the 2nd (Sun), admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Shiretoko Beach, and then take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass. Keep things going the next day: get answers to all your questions at Shiretoko World Heritage Conservation Center, then explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, and then admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Shari-cho sightseeing planner.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Shari-cho by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Yakushima-cho in December, with highs in Shari-cho at 33°F and lows at 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Nanjo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Shiretoko Pass
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach
Shiretoko World Heritage Conservation Center ©

2
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Nanjo

Nanjo ©
With a long Pacific coastline, Nanjo offers fantastic views of the ocean from high cliffs covered with lush greenery, as well as from its long sandy beaches.
Popular historic sites such as The Tower of Himeyuri and Sefa-Utaki are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Blue Cave. Explore Nanjo's surroundings by going to Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son), Cape Zampa (in Yomitan-son) and Naminoue-gu Shrine (in Naha). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, have some family-friendly fun at Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo, and explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nanjo trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Shari-cho to Nanjo in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Shari-cho in December: high temperatures in Nanjo hover around 70°F and lows are around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nanjo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Onna-son, Itoman, Cape Zampa, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Naminoue-gu Shrine
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:
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Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki
The Tower of Himeyuri ©
The Tower of Himeyuri
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island) and Pemuchi Beach. Get in touch with nature at Nishihama Beach and Kaiji Beach. Step out of Ishigaki to go to Iriomote-jima and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, and Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki vacation planning tool.

You can fly from Nanjo to Ishigaki in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in December, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Hateruma-jima, Taketomi-cho, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island)
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island) ©
Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island)
Nishihama Beach ©
Nishihama Beach

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tomori Imugya Beach and Toguchi no Hama. Step out of the city life by going to Shimojiiima Island and Aragusuku Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and explore the activities along Toriike Pond.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in December, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Tomori Imugya Beach ©
Tomori Imugya Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

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