22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Dublin
Fly:  21​h 45​min
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  5​h
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly:  45​min
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
Dublin

4
days
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ginza and Asakusa. Popular historic sites such as Tokyo National Museum and Imperial Palace are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Tsukiji Market, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, take a stroll through Akihabara, and hunt for treasures at Tsukiji Jogaii Market.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo travel planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Tokyo is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Dublin to Tokyo. When traveling from Dublin in September, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Sightseeing Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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The Tsukiji Market
Senso-ji Temple
Imperial Palace

4
days
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gion and Nijo Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Yasaka Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market, get outside with Arashiyama, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kyoto, with lows of 17°C. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Sightseeing Historic Sites Neighborhoods

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Osaka
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Dotonbori
Fushimi Inari Taisha
Nijo Castle

5
days
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get in touch with nature at Aragusuku Beach and Shimoji-jima Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sunayama Beach and Kuri-jima Island. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yabiji.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima vacation trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Miyakojima in 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kyoto in October: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 32°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

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Parks Nature Beaches
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Aragusuku Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Irabu-jima Island

3
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Yonehara Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Hirakubozaki and Tamatorizaki Observatory. Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, stop by Yurateiku Market, contemplate the long history of Ishigaki Yaima Village, and kick back and relax at Fusaki Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in an hour. In October in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 27°C at night. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hakodate.

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Kayaking & Canoeing
Yonehara Beach
Tamatorizaki Observatory

2
days
Hakodate

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of 函館 観光スポット 旧函館区公会堂 Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then wander the streets of Motomachi, and then get to know the fascinating history of Onuma Park Walking Path. On the next day, hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate (Hakodate-yama), then pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, and finally stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Hakodate takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in October, things will get much colder in Hakodate: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Sightseeing Shopping

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Onuma Park Walking Path
Motomachi

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