23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Riga
Fly:  20 h 30 min
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  4 h
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Riga

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.
Get some cultural insight at Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Yaima Village. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Kubazaki Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Kohama-jima (Hairumubushi Beach & Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, and kick back and relax at Akashi Beach.

Before you visit Ishigaki, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Riga, Latvia to Ishigaki is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Japan Standard Time is 7 hours. When traveling from Riga in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Ishigaki, with highs around 37°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kohama-jima, Island Countryside Settlement
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Iriomote Island and Todomari Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, head outdoors with Shirahama Port, identify plant and animal life at Nakama-river Protected Region, and don't miss a visit to Funauki Village.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima online travel route planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In June, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Miyako Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Yukishio Museum and Underground Dam Museum. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harimizu Utaki.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima online trip maker .

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima by ferry takes about 4 hours. In June in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Miyajima, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

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. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Miyakojima in June: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

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.
Kinkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Toji. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Ise (Tsukiyominomiya, Ise Shrine Geku, &more), Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more) and Sakurai (Hase-dera Temple & Omiwa Shrine). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Chishaku-in, and stroll around Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online travel planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ise, Nara, Sakurai
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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 Kanazawa Phonograph Museum and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ainokura Gassho Community and Suganuma Gassho Community. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Nanto (Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo & Gokayama) and Shirakawa-mura (Kanda house, Nagase house, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kifune Myojin, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanazawa Catholic Church.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kanazawa trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in June: highs in Kanazawa hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawa-mura
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

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.
Get some cultural insight at Nezu Shrine and Asakusa Shrine. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kencho-ji Temple and Kanda Myojin. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), &more) and Fujisawa (Enoshima Island & Enoshima Sea Candle). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, wander the streets of Yanaka, make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Fujisawa
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

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