22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

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Fly
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Bus to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
3
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Shari-cho
— 1 night
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Nanjo
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Nanjo
— 2 nights
Bus to Kamiizumi, Fly to Ishigaki
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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 Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple 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 Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). 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 flight. You can also do a combination of flight, tram, and train. 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 · Wildlife · Nature

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 tour the pleasant surroundings 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 flight and bus from Kanazawa to Takachiho-cho in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; 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 Oko no Taki Fall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Taikoiwa and Ushidokomoisho. The adventure continues: walk around Shakunagenomori Park, don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, and explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

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 catch the flight to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · 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 advice or help 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 9.5 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 Okinawa Peace Memorial Park are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Cape Zampa and Blue Cave. Explore Nanjo's surroundings by going to Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma), Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Cape Manzamo) and Naminoue-gu Shrine (in Naha). It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki and get advice or help at Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Nanjo trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Shari-cho to Nanjo takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Shari-cho in December; daily highs in Nanjo reach 70°F and lows reach 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nanjo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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 Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, stroll through Kondoi Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ishigaki road trip app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Nanjo to Ishigaki takes 3.5 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 fly 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 Shimojishima Island and Toriike Pond. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonaha Maehama Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima visit planner.

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight 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.