20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ise
— 1 night
2
Matsue
— 2 nights
3
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
4
Minamikyushu
— 2 nights
5
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
6
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
7
Onna-son
— 2 nights
8
Kunigami-son
— 1 night
9
Tokyo
— 2 nights

1
night
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yamato-hime Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takinomiya, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Saiku Histrical Museum, get engrossed in the history at Itsukinomiya Hall for Historical Experience, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matsuo Kanonji Temple, steep yourself in history at Hinjitsukan, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aramatsurinomiya, and finally examine the collection at Okageza.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ise trip planner.

San Diego, USA to Ise is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from San Diego to Ise, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Diego, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Ise, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Meiwa-cho, Takinomiya
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Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Saiku Histrical Museum ©
Saiku Histrical Museum
Itsukinomiya Hall for Historical Experience ©

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Oni no Shitaburui, thenexamine the collection at Okuizumo Tatara to Tokenkan, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tateiwa Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suga Shrine, thenexplore the ancient world of Kojindani Ruin, thenadmire the masterpieces at The Izumo Museum of Quilt Art, and finally steep yourself in history at Karakama Shrine.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Matsue day trip planner.

You can fly from Ise to Matsue in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ise in February, expect slightly colder with lows of °F in Matsue. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Okuizumo-cho, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Suga Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kojindani Ruin ©
Kojindani Ruin
Suga Shrine ©
Suga Shrine

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake and then identify plant and animal life at Anbo River.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho itinerary planning site.

Fly from Matsue to Yakushima-cho in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Matsue in February, expect Yakushima-cho to be a bit warmer, temps between °F and °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Minamikyushu.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Tachudake ©
Tachudake

2
nights
Minamikyushu

Minamikyushu ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, thenlearn about all things military at Chiran Peace Museum, thenexamine the collection at Nansatsutetsudo Kinenkan, and finally take an in-depth tour of Bansei Tokko Peace Memorial Hall. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Chiran Kyoikutai Monument, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Chiran Heiwa Park, thencruise along JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kaimondake.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Minamikyushu day trip website.

You can drive from Yakushima-cho to Minamikyushu in 6.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in February: highs in Minamikyushu hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Minamikyushu

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Ibusuki, Minamisatsuma
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Mt. Kaimondake ©
Mt. Kaimondake
Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum
JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station
JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station

1
night
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, and then steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then identify plant and animal life at Nakama-river Protected Region.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Minamikyushu to Iriomote-jima. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Minamikyushu in February: high temperatures in Iriomote-jima hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center
Wasurenaishi ©
Wasurenaishi

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, thenvisit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Banna Park, thenget to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki day trip tool.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kondoi Beach, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 25:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

2
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Cape Zampa, thenget to know the fascinating history of Zakimi Castle Ruins, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Katsuren Castle Ruins, thenpause for some photo ops at Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, and then steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Onna-son road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Onna-son takes 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of °F in Onna-son. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kunigami-son.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Yomitan-son, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Nakijin Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:
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Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Katsuren Castle Ruins ©
Katsuren Castle Ruins

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night
Kunigami-son

Kunigami-son ©
Although the village of Kunigami-son spreads across a large area, it remains sparsely populated, with lots of wild land protected from development.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Vegetation of Tanagagumui, identify plant and animal life at Gallirallus Okinawae Learning Center, and then take in the awesome beauty at Daisekirinzan.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kunigami-son day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Onna-son to Kunigami-son takes 1.5 hours. February in Kunigami-son sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kunigami-son

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Feb 27 — 28:
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Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan

2
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.
On the 1st (Fri), examine the collection at Fire Museum, admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, thensee the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukagawa Fudodo, and finally stroll around Kitanomaru Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Memorial Warships Mikasa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Samukawa Shrine, and then make a trip to Oyama Afuri Shrine.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kunigami-son to Tokyo. Traveling from Kunigami-son in March, things will get little chillier in Tokyo: highs are around °F and lows about °F. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Memorial Warships Mikasa, Oyama Afuri Shrine, Samukawa Shrine
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 3:
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Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

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