21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
2
Shari-cho
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  8 h 45 min
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4 h
4
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
5
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
6
Takachiho-cho
— 1 day
Train:  5 h 15 min
7
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
9
Maihama
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h
End: Boston

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): wander the streets of Ueno. On the next day, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo International Airport International Terminal Observation Deck, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder site.

Boston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of train, tram, and flight. Traveling from Boston to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Boston - with highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
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Food Tours
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take a memorable drive along Road to Heaven, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, then admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and finally walk around Pereke River Shore Park.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Shari-cho trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Tokyo to Shari-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in October; daily highs in Shari-cho reach 57°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Road to Heaven ©
Road to Heaven

2
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 Yonaha Maehama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, make a trip to East Henna Cape, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, and go for a walk through Shimojishima Airport RW17 End.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima journey maker site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Miyakojima in 9 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Shari-cho in October; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 83°F and lows reach 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 8th (Tue), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and finally admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

To see photos and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima itinerary planner .

You can ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In October in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape Hirakubozaki and Tamatorizaki Observatory. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stroll around Banna Park, and take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

1
day
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho vacation planning website .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Takachiho-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In October, Takachiho-cho is a bit cooler than Ishigaki - with highs of 75°F and lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): catch a live event at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Mikasahama Beach, head off the coast to Miyajima, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima online visit planner.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima ©
MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

2
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.
On the 16th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanzen-ji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tofuku-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planning app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Maihama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

3
nights
Maihama

Maihama ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Disneyland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Funabashi Andersen Park and then make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Maihama trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Maihama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Maihama

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Funabashi, Seiryu Shrine
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Highlights from your plan
Funabashi Andersen Park ©
Funabashi Andersen Park
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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