20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zamami-son
— 2 nights
Drive to Naha Airport, Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Bhubaneswar

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Ishigaki

— 3 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.
Visiting Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Yonehara Beach will get you outdoors. Visit Sukuji Beach and Kaiji Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Akashi Beach, head outdoors with Shiraho Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary planning tool.

Bhubaneswar, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Bhubaneswar to Ishigaki, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 5th (Mon), kick back and relax at Boraga Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Nagakita Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji, then head outdoors with Toguchi no Hama, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nakanoshima Beach.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip app.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. October in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

Onna-son

— 2 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): head outdoors with Tropical Beach, explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, kick back and relax at Onna Seaside Cizil Park Nabii Beach, kick back and relax at Diamond Beach, then kick back and relax at Manza Beach, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Minna Beach, get outside with Anchihama, kick back and relax at Akabaka Beach, then identify plant and animal life at USS Emmons, and finally kick back and relax at Kouri Beach.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Onna-son trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Onna-son takes 4.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Onna-son are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Zamami-son

— 2 nights
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Gahi Island, kick back and relax at Gahijima Sand Dune, get outside with Nishibama Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Aka Beach, then head outdoors with Hizushi Beach, and finally head outdoors with Ama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Kushibaru Beach, see some colorful creatures with Kerama Kayak Center, kick back and relax at Furuzamami Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Toma, and finally kick back and relax at Yuhina Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Zamami-son trip planner.

Traveling by car from Onna-son to Zamami-son takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:

Tokyo

— 3 nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Odaiba District, shop like a local with Ginza, explore the world behind art at Mori Art Museum, and get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zamami-son to Tokyo. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Zamami-son in October, with highs in Tokyo at 26°C and lows at 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:

Kyoto

— 3 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 in touch with nature at Nara Park and Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto International Manga Museum and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nigatsu-do Temple). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:

Osaka

— 1 night
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 17th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then make a trip to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally visit Minami (Namba).

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip maker tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 18th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip builder.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 20:

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.