20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
2
Matsue
— 2 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
4
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
5
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
6
Ishigaki
— 1 night
7
Miyakojima
— 4 nights

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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Explore hidden gems such as Tofuku-ji Temple and Yasaka Shrine. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, visit Gion, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Manchester to Kyoto. Traveling from Manchester in November, expect Kyoto to be a bit warmer, temps between 19°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:
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Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
On the 15th (Thu), explore the activities along Shinji Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tamatsukuriyu Shrine, then admire the masterpieces 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 next day: contemplate the long history of Matsue Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sada Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Former Taisha Station, and finally get answers to all your questions at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Matsue online vacation maker.

You can drive from Kyoto to Matsue in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Izumo, Shinji Lake, Adachi Museum of Art, 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.
On the 17th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, examine the collection 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 contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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You can drive from Matsue to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Kure, Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato 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): get outside with Yakusugi Land. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ushidokomoisho, make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, then make a trip to Wilson Stump, and finally take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hiroshima in November; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 24°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Jōmon Sugi ©
Jōmon Sugi

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.
Get outdoors at Shiretoko Goko Lake and Lake Mashu. Do some cultural sightseeing at Utoro Onsen and Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Shiretoko Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula, and get answers to all your questions at Shiretoko World Heritage Conservation Center.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Shari-cho route maker site.

Fly from Yakushima-cho to Shari-cho in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, things will get cooler in Shari-cho: highs are around 7°C and lows about 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, Lake Mashu, Shiretoko Peninsula
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:
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), head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Kaiji Beach, then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, and then get outside with Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island).

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki tour site.

Traveling by flight from Shari-cho to Ishigaki takes 11.5 hours. Traveling from Shari-cho in November, things will get much hotter in Ishigaki: highs are around 31°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island)
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Get outdoors at Toguchi no Hama and Shimojiiima Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and get outside with Tomori Imugya Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Miyakojima trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

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