24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Bus to Takachiho-cho
3
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
4
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Izumo
— 2 nights
Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Nikko
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Train
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
8
Ise
— 1 night
Train to Yamatoyagi, Taxi to Koya-cho
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive to Kansai International Airport, Fly to OR Tambo International Airport

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Ishigaki

— 4 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Kondoi Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and walk around Banna Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary maker website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Ishigaki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Ishigaki is 7 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ishigaki, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 23:

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Toguchi no Hama and Irabu-jima Island. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Aragusuku Beach. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and take in the pleasant sights at Imugya Marine Garden.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In November in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:

Takachiho-cho

— 1 night
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.
On the 27th (Sat), go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Takachiho-cho trip app.

Getting from Miyakojima to Takachiho-cho by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. While traveling from Miyakojima, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Takachiho-cho, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 27:

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Wilson Stump. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of car, train, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November, Yakushima-cho is somewhat warmer than Takachiho-cho - with highs of 24°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Izumo.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 29:

Izumo

— 2 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
On the 30th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, steep yourself in history at Former Taisha Station, kick back and relax at Inasa Beach, enjoy the sea views from Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hinomisaki Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Taisha Shrine. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, and then step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Izumo online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Izumo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, expect Izumo to be a bit cooler, temps between 18°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

Nikko

— 2 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 2nd (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Ryuokyo Canyon, don't miss a visit to Narabi Jizo, take in the dramatic natural features at Kammangafuchi Gorge, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally steep yourself in history at Yomeimon (Main Gate). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Yunoko Lake, admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, then explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, and finally go for a walk through Senjogahara Field.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nikko road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Izumo to Nikko takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Izumo in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 8°C in Nikko. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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 Nanzen-ji Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto travel route builder.

You can take a train from Nikko to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Nikko in December, with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 8:

Ise

— 1 night
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, examine the collection at Okageza, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ise trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Ise by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kyoto in December, Ise is a bit warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
On the 10th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Danjo Garan.

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Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Ise to Koya-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.