22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sofia
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 1 night
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
7
Naha
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Sofia

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Stockplus. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba, shop like a local with Asakusa, make a trip to Takeshita Street, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For maps and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo sightseeing planning website .

Sofia, Bulgaria to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sofia to Tokyo is 7 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Sofia in April, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Ginza ©
Ginza

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally kick back and relax at Gongenmori Beach. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Amaharashi Coast, take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, then make a trip to Kanazawa Station, and finally steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa day trip website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Tokyo in April, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Amaharashi Coast, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Gongenmori Beach
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Shop till you drop at Dotonbori and Asahiyaki. Venture out of the city with trips to Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo (in Namba), Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Daimaru Museum Umeda (in Osaka). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto online visit planner .

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Himeji Castle, Asahiyaki
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 7th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima online itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

3
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.
Head to Pinion Direct Shop and Nei Museum of Artfor some retail therapy. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sukuji Beach and Kondoi Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, sample the fine beverages at Takamine Distillers, stroll through Fusaki Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hiroshima in May, with highs in Ishigaki at 34°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

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 Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, stroll through Nagamahama Beach Coast, and take in the views from Irabu Ohashi.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima tour itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

4
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
You'll get in some beach time at Gahijima Sand Dune and Aharen Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Diamond Beach (in Onna-son), Zamami-son (Furuzamami Beach & Hizushi Beach) and Akabaka Beach (in Nakijin-son). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Naha online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Naha takes 2.5 hours. In May in Naha, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Zamami-son, Aharen Beach, Akabaka Beach, Diamond Beach
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Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach

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