22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
2
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
4
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
5
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
6
Onna-son
— 4 nights
7
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights

3
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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Wine Tours & Tastings. Discover out-of-the-way places like Oyama Shrine and Higashiyama Walking Course. Venture out of the city with trips to Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community & Gokayama), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Eiheijiguchi Station Old Building (in Eiheiji-cho). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Shomyo Falls, take in the pleasant sights at Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall), steep yourself in history at Wada House, and cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planning site.

Tokyo to Kanazawa is an approximately 4-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kanazawa, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Takayama, Tateyama-machi, Nanto, Eiheiji-cho, Wada House
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
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Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Shichiri Mihama Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, steep yourself in history at Soo-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, then examine the collection at Sato Haruo Memoria Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kushima-Suzushima.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Nachikatsura-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nachikatsura-cho, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Shichiri Mihama Beach, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
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Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha

2
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sunayama Beach and Yonaha Maehama Beach. Get in touch with nature at Aragusuku Beach and Yabiji. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and take in the dramatic natural features at Nakanoshima Water Channel.

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You can do a combination of train and flight from Nachikatsura-cho to Miyakojima in 9 hours. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Miyakojima: highs are around 32°C and lows about 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

4
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.
Relax by the water at Kondoi Beach and Nakamoto Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki. Explore Ishigaki's surroundings by going to Kuro-shima (Nishinohama & Iko Pier). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, walk around Banna Park, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Kuro-shima, Taketomi-jima
Find places to stay May 18 — 22:
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Hinai Beach, step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, then head outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach, then kick back and relax at Todomari Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima travel route planning tool.

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nakagusuku Castle Ruins and Katsuren Castle Ruins. You'll get in some beach time at Okuma Beach and Tiinuhama Beach. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Nanjo (Cape Chinen Park, Sefa-Utaki, &more), Araha Park (Araha Beach) (in Chatan-cho) and Itoman (Okinawa Peace Memorial Park & The Tower of Himeyuri). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center, and identify plant and animal life at Daisekirinzan.

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You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son in 6 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Iriomote-jima in May, with highs in Onna-son at 30°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kunigami-son, Nanjo, Nakijin-son, Motobu-cho, Itoman
Find places to stay May 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins ©
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okuma Beach ©
Okuma Beach

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Oko no Taki Fall. Visiting Yakusugi Land and Shakunagenomori Park will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Nagata Inakahama, take in the dramatic scenery at Sempiro Falls, don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, and trek along Seibu Trail.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Onna-son in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Yakushima-cho. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

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