23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + Train:  17 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
+4
Train + Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  7 h 15 min
4
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h
5
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
6
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  18 h
End: Manchester

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden will thrill your kids. Step off the beaten path and head to Tokyo National Museum and Semba Boadwalk. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, about 2 hours away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Manchester to Tokyo. Traveling from Manchester in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trips

Semba Boadwalk, Hitachi Seaside Park
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Get some cultural insight at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Nanto (Gokayama & Suganuma Gassho Community), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine and take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planning website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 8°C in Kanazawa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kinkaku-ji and Himeji Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyoto travel route tool .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Universal Studios Japan, Himeji Castle, Todai-ji Temple
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours and then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Kyoto to Iriomote-jima by combination of train, flight, and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in April; daily highs in Iriomote-jima reach 30°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

2
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.
On the 17th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, stroll around Banna Park, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki road trip planning site .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Family-friendly places like Yonaha Maehama Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Yabiji and Aragusuku Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, enjoy breathtaking views from Makiyama Observatory, make a trip to East Henna Cape, and snap pictures at Kurima Bridge.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Miyakojima trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Daishoin Temple and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yamato Museum and Senjokaku. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine Torii). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima day trip app .

Getting from Miyakojima to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Miyakojima in April, things will get slightly colder in Hiroshima: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

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