21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner
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— 4 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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— 1 night
— 6 nights
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— 6 nights


Ishigaki — 4 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.
Visiting Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Kabira Bay will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, take a memorable drive along Nagurao Bridge, examine the collection at Mineya Kobo, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki road trip planner.

Helsinki, Finland to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Helsinki to Ishigaki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Helsinki in August, things will get much hotter in Ishigaki: highs are around 38°C and lows about 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip

Hiroshima — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online holiday planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Himeji.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip

Himeji — 1 night

The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 8th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en and then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Himeji travel planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Himeji are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.
Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Kyoto — 6 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.
Let the collections at Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kyoto National Museum capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Dotombori to see Dotombori District about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, stop by Fuuka-Kimono, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in August, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Koya-cho.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Side Trip

Koya-cho — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya and then stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Kyoto to Koya-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In August in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Tokyo — 6 nights

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.
You'll explore and learn at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Mori Art Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Odaiba District and Tokyo National Museum. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Koya-cho to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Shopping
Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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.