23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kathmandu
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Kathmandu

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Yonehara Beach and Ishigaki Yaima Village. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and head outdoors with Sky Adventure Woomacoo.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Ishigaki vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Kathmandu, Nepal to Ishigaki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Nepal Time to Japan Standard Time is 3 hours. Traveling from Kathmandu in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much hotter in Ishigaki, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Minnajima Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Nakijin-son (Kouri Bridge & Kouri-jima Island), Agu Mura - Agu Village (in Nago) and Daisekirinzan (in Kunigami-son). Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, pick up some local products at Aiai Farm, look for gifts at Farmer's Market Haisai! Yanbaru Market, and explore by horseback at Iejima Beach Side Horse Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho road trip planning tool .

Getting from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Ishigaki in February since evenings lows in Motobu-cho dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Nago, Iejima Beach Side Horse Park, Daisekirinzan
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater
Minnajima Island ©
Minnajima Island

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mizuho Highland (in Ohnan-cho) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, & more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner .

Getting from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Motobu-cho in February, expect Hiroshima to be little chillier, temps between 11°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mizuho Highland
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Mizuho Highland ©
Mizuho Highland

5
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and admire the striking features of Jishu Shrine.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto visit website .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Jishu Shrine
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

6
nights
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.
Attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in February, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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