20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + Train:  17​h 15​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3​h 30​min
2
Matsue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Taxi:  4​h 30​min
4
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  10​h
5
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  9​h
6
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  45​min
7
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Manchester

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo-jo Castle. Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Ryoanji Temple are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto journey planner.

Manchester, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Manchester to Kyoto, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in November; daily highs in Kyoto reach 19°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tamatsukuriyu Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, and finally don't miss a visit to The Mizuki Shigeru Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): make a trip to Matsue Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sada Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Former Taisha Station, and finally take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Matsue road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Kyoto to Matsue takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November in Matsue, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art, Shinji Lake, The Mizuki Shigeru Road
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:
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Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, then appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Matsue to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kure, Hatsukaichi
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

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 19th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ushidokomoisho, then don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi, then wander the streets of Wilson Stump, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho travel planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Hiroshima in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Yakushima-cho: highs are around 24°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

2
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Step out of the city life by going to Shiretoko Goko Lake and Shiretoko Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Abashiri Prison Museum and Shiretoko World Heritage Conservation Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shari-cho: Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum (in Abashiri) and Lake Mashu (in Teshikaga-cho). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula, and wander the streets of Utoro Onsen.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Shari-cho by combination of taxi and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. In November, Shari-cho is colder than Yakushima-cho - with highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Abashiri, Shiretoko Peninsula, Lake Mashu
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Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu

1
night
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.
On the 24th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Kaiji Beach, kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island).

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki road trip site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Shari-cho to Ishigaki takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Shari-cho in November, expect Ishigaki to be much warmer, temps between 31°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island)
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Sunayama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Boraga Limestone Cave.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima travel route planning site .

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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