22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
2
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
4
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
5
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
6
Onna-son
— 4 nights
7
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gokayama and Maruoka Castle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Suganuma Gassho Community and Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall). Venture out of the city with trips to Eiheiji-cho (Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple & Eiheijiguchi Station Old Building), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Wada House (in Shirakawa-mura). There's much more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the dramatic scenery at Shomyo Falls, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planning site.

Tokyo to Kanazawa is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kanazawa, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Takayama, Tateyama-machi, Nanto, Eiheiji-cho, Maruoka Castle
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:
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Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Shichiri Mihama Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, steep yourself in history at Soo-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, thenexamine the collection at Sato Haruo Memoria Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kushima-Suzushima.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Nachikatsura-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nachikatsura-cho, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock, Shichiri Mihama Beach
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

2
nights
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 Toguchi no Hama and Aragusuku Beach. Get in touch with nature at Yabiji and Ikema-jima Island. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, take in the dramatic natural features at Nakanoshima Water Channel, and take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

Discover how to plan a Miyakojima trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Nachikatsura-cho to Miyakojima in 9 hours. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Miyakojima: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Yabiji
Yabiji

4
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.
Relax by the water at Nakamoto Beach and Aiyaruhama Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki. Explore Ishigaki's surroundings by going to Kuro-shima (Nishinohama & Iko Pier). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Cape Ongazaki, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, and pause for some photo ops at Yoko Gushiken Monument.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip app.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Taketomi-jima, Kuro-shima
Find places to stay May 18 — 22:
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Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Kaiji Beach ©
Kaiji Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Hinai Beach, step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, thenhead outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach, thenkick back and relax at Todomari Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima travel route planning tool.

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

4
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nakagusuku Castle Ruins and Sefa-Utaki. You'll get in some beach time at Okuma Beach and Tiinuhama Beach. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Araha Park (Araha Beach) (in Chatan-cho), Nanjo (Cape Chinen Park & Valley of Gangala) and Itoman (Okinawa Peace Memorial Park & The Tower of Himeyuri). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sun Marina Beach, contemplate the long history of Katsuren Castle Ruins, get great views at Cape Hedo, and head outdoors with Uzahama Beach.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Onna-son online travel route planner.

Fly from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son in 6 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Iriomote-jima in May, with highs in Onna-son at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kunigami-son, Nanjo, Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son, Itoman
Find places to stay May 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins ©
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins
Okuma Beach ©
Okuma Beach
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yakusugi Land and Nagata Inakahama. Visiting Seibu Trail and Shakunagenomori Park will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, look for all kinds of wild species at Sandaisugi, take in the dramatic scenery at Sempiro Falls, and explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho online trip builder.

You can fly from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Onna-son in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Yakushima-cho, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama
Seibu Trail ©
Seibu Trail

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