21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights

3
nights
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki driving holiday planner.

London, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in January, with highs in Ishigaki at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): head off the coast to Iriomote Island, thenadmire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Nakama-river Protected Region and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima road trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Paddle Park, Itsukushima Gekijyo, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and train. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Iriomote-jima in January: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

4
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 find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Jishu Shrine (in Otsu). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, stop by Kiyora Senjafuda, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto holiday maker app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kanazawa using our trip planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online journey planner.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Kanazawa in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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