22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Onna-son
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  6​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  5​h
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train + Bus:  3​h
8
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Taxi + Fly + Train:  8​h 15​min
9
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Brussels

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kondoi Beach. Get in touch with nature at Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Ishigaki is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in March; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 26°C and lows reach 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 2nd (Thu), admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Barasu Island ©
Barasu Island

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yabiji and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Toguchi no Hama. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, make a trip to East Henna Cape, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip itinerary builder site .

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
On the 7th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Cape Manzamo, enjoy the sand and surf at Manza Beach, then look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Onna-son trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Onna-son. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Manza Beach ©
Manza Beach
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, trek along Seibu Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls and then explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho vacation site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In April, daytime highs in Yakushima-cho are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

3
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: Nara Park (in Nara) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and stroll through Nanzen-ji Temple.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto vacation site .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Yakushima-cho to Kyoto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Kyoto. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Nara Park, Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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 13th (Mon), admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): wander the streets of Odaiba and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, head outdoors with Hakuba, then hike along Shi no Komichi, then hit the slopes at Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort, and finally trek along Kitaone Kogen Highland. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, hit the slopes at Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Happoone, and finally don't miss a visit to Kurobe Dam.

To plan Hakuba-mura vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for little chillier days in Hakuba-mura, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kurobe Dam, Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort
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Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort ©
Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort
Happoone ©
Happoone

2
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): head outdoors with Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Niseko Hanazono Resort and then hit the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kutchan-cho trip website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hakuba-mura to Kutchan-cho in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or do a combination of shuttle, train, and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Hakuba-mura in April; daily highs in Kutchan-cho reach 9°C and lows reach 7°C. On the 19th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort

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