23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto
Fly + Train:  18 h 45 min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Ise
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Train:  4 h 45 min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Naha
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
6
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Toronto

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 explore and learn at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Dotombori District in Dotombori, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online visit planner.

Toronto, Canada to Kyoto is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Kyoto, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in June, things will get a bit warmer in Kyoto: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 24:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, thenget engrossed in the history at Sengukan, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ichigo Beach. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, thentake an in-depth tour of Jingu Chokokan Museum, thendon't miss a visit to Oharai-machi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ise online trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in June: highs in Ise hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ichigo Beach, Toba Aquarium
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 26:
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Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Daishoin Temple and Yamato Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi) and Kure (JMSDF Kure Museum & Kure City Irifuneyama Memorial Hall). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Ise to Hiroshima by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Mazda Museum
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum and Himeyuri Peace Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and The Tower of Himeyuri. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son), Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, Okichan Theater, &more) and Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, contemplate the long history of Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Naha trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Naha by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in June, expect Naha to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Itoman, Sefa-Utaki, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Nakijin Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 2:
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sunayama Beach and Yabiji. The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, head off the coast to Ikema-jima Island, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip builder site.

Getting from Naha to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Yabiji
Yabiji

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tamatorizaki Observatory and Kabira Park. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Cape Ongazaki, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki day trip planning website.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Ishigaki Yaima Village ©
Ishigaki Yaima Village

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hase-dera Temple and Kencho-ji Temple. Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hase-dera Temple Kannondo). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in July, Tokyo is a bit cooler at night with lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) ©
Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

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