22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route maker

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Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Nikko
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Izumo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Iriomote-jima

— 1 night
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 18th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Geta Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Shirahama Port, then look for all kinds of wild species at Amitori Asaba, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi, get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Todomari Beach, then head outdoors with Nakano Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Maruma Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip maker site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Iriomote-jima is an approximately 156-hour travel. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Iriomote-jima is 7 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 25°C in Iriomote-jima. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 19:

Ishigaki

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Island Countryside Settlement and Nakamoto Beach. Visit Tojinbaka and Kabira Kannon-do for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ishigaki: Kuro-shima (Kuroshima V-Gorge & Kuroshima Research Institute) and Kohama-jima (Kohama Seaport, Kohama Folk Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: stop by Yurateiku Market, examine the collection at Ishigaki City Yaeyama Museum, shop like a local with Nei Museum of Art, and see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble.

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Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. November in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:

Nikko

— 2 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 23rd (Tue), explore the activities along Kinugawa River Source, explore the activities along Sainoko Lake, steep yourself in history at Furukawa Kakemizu Club, take in panoramic vistas at Hangetsuyama Obervation Park, then admire the sheer force of Jakko Waterfall, and finally admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Kawamata Onsen, admire the engineering at Kawamata Dam, take in breathtaking views at Setoai-kyo Canyon, explore the stunning scenery at Unryukeikoku Falls, then don't miss a visit to Narabi Jizo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kanaya Hotel History House.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nikko trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Nikko takes 7.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in November, you will find days in Nikko are colder (15°C), and nights are a bit cooler (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Jojakkoji Temple and Kyoto Gyoen National Garden are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daikaku-ji and Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Honen-in, admire the natural beauty at Kyoto Botanical Garden, stroll through Shisendo Temple, and make a trip to Yasakanoto.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by train from Nikko to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Nikko in November, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (19°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Izumo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 28:

Izumo

— 2 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): look for gifts at Shussaigama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shojoji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Shimane Flower Village, then get outside with Koryo Kunibiki Coast, then learn more about the world around you at Sanbe Azukihara Burried Trees Park, and finally learn more about the world around you at Shimane Nature MUseum of Mt.Sambe Sahimel. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine Kaguraden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Taisha Shrine Haiden, make a trip to Sogano Yashiro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Karakama Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tateiwa Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sada Shrine.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Izumo trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Izumo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake, see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Sarukawa Banyan, then admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mocchomudake, and finally stop by Pontankan. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushima Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaku Shrine, then kick back and relax at Isso Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kusukawa Tenmangu Shrine.

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

You can fly from Izumo to Yakushima-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Izumo in November; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 24°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:

Onna-son

— 3 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Popular historic sites such as Urasoe Castle Ruins and Ihafuyu Tomb are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Toyosaki Kaihin Koen and Motobu Genki Village. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Sakima Art Museum (in Ginowan), Oceanic Culture Museum (in Motobu-cho) and Akabaka Beach (in Nakijin-son). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Manza Beach, test the waters at Ryujin no Yu, browse the eclectic array of goods at Umanchu Market, and explore the gorgeous colors at Manza Dream Hole.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Onna-son trip builder site.

Fly from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in December, you will find days in Onna-son are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Uibya Mountain Site, get outside with Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House, contemplate the long history of Kurima Tomibansho, then head outdoors with Nagamahama Beach Coast, then identify plant and animal life at Yabiji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harimizu Utaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, examine the collection at Miyakojima City Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Atarasu Ichiba, enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, then see the interesting displays at Miyakojima Sea Treasure Museum, and finally examine the collection at Underground Dam Museum.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip maker website.

Fly from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Onna-son in December since evenings lows in Miyakojima dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:

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.