22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Tram to Hamamatsucho, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train to Nagoya, Fly to Kumamoto
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Shari-cho
— 1 night
Fly
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Nanjo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa

— 3 nights
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 Oyama Shrine 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: Wada House (in Shirakawa-mura), 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, see the interesting displays at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online attractions planner.

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. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in November, with highs in Kanazawa at 59°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:

Takachiho-cho

— 1 night
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 · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
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 Wilson Stump. The adventure continues: walk around Shakunagenomori Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ushidokomoisho.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip planner.

You can do a combination of car, train, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in November, things will get a bit warmer in Yakushima-cho: highs are around 70°F and lows about 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:

Shari-cho

— 1 night
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. 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 · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Nanjo

— 2 nights
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 Cape Manzamo. Explore Nanjo's surroundings by going to Cape Zampa (in Yomitan-son), Blue Cave (in Onna-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 · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:

Ishigaki

— 4 nights
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 Cape Hirakubozaki. Step out of Ishigaki to go to Iriomote-jima and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki trip planner.

Getting from Nanjo to Ishigaki by flight takes about 4 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
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 Yonaha Maehama Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Toriike Pond, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach.

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 · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.