23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive
2
Tomioka
— 1 night
Drive
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train
4
Ito
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Tottori
— 1 night
Drive
8
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Drive
9
Takamori-machi
— 1 night
Drive
10
Takachiho-cho
Drive
11
Nagasaki
— 1 night
Fly
12
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 1 day
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
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Onna-son
— 1 night
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Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry to Ishigaki, Fly to London

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Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 4th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi itinerary app.

London, UK to Hakone-machi is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Hakone-machi is 9 hours. Traveling from London in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hakone-machi, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Tomioka.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature

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Tomioka

— 1 night
On the 5th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Konnyaku Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichinomiya Nukisaki Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Tomioka Silk Mill.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tomioka online journey planner.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Tomioka in 3 hours. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Tomioka: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tomioka

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Asakusa Shrine and Hozomon. Get some historical perspective at Nezu Shrine and Hie Jinjya. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, and admire the masterpieces at Ota Memorial Museum of Art.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tomioka to Tokyo takes 2 hours. In April in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Ito.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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Ito

— 2 nights
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
On the 10th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Inatori Hosono Kogen, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Omuro, and then trek along Jogasaki Beach Picnical Course. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinomiya Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Former Hyuga Bettei, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jingi Taisha Shrine.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ito vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Ito takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ito, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Ito

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

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Koya-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichijo-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fugen-in Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryusen-in Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Koya-cho trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Ito to Koya-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ito in April since evenings lows in Koya-cho dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

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Kyoto

— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kinkaku-ji and Yasaka Shrine. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kodai-ji Temple and Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.

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Getting from Koya-cho to Kyoto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tottori.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Tottori

— 1 night
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
On the 17th (Sun), kick back and relax at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore, don't miss a visit to Jinpu-kaku Hall, and then contemplate the long history of Tottori Castle Ruins.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tottori tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tottori by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Tottori, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tottori

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Hiroshima

— 1 night

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 (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima route maker site.

Traveling by car from Tottori to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Takamori-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks
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Takamori-machi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): make a trip to Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Shiramizu Falls, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kusakabeyoshimi Shrine.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Takamori-machi trip builder.

You can drive from Hiroshima to Takamori-machi in 6 hours. April in Takamori-machi sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Takamori-machi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Takachiho-cho

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.
To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Takachiho-cho trip planner.

Drive from Takamori-machi to Takachiho-cho in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. On the 20th (Wed), you're off to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
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Nagasaki

— 1 night

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 20th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
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Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 21st (Thu), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tomori Imugya Beach, and then stroll through Nagamahama Beach Coast. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Nakasone Toyumya Tomb, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine, then see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, and finally delve into the distant past at Ninto zeiseki.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima online trip planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nagasaki in April, with highs in Miyakojima at 29°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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Ishigaki

— 1 day
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 23rd (Sat), head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

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Onna-son

— 1 night
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
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Do a combination of flight and bus from Ishigaki to Onna-son in 5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ishigaki in April since evenings lows in Onna-son dip to 20°C. You will leave for Iriomote-jima on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Iriomote-jima

— 1 night
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 24th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima tour planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Onna-son in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Iriomote-jima. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours
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Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Gunma Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Gunma Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the northwest corner of the Kantō region on the main Honshu island. Its capital is Maebashi.HistoryJapan was without horses until around the fifth century CE. The ancient province of Gunma was a center of the horsebreeding and trading activities for the newly immigrated continental peoples. The arrival of horses and the remains of horse-tackle coincides with the arrival of a large migration from the mainland. From this point forward, the horse became a vital part of Japanese military maneuvers, quickly displacing the older Yayoi tradition of fighting on foot.When Mount Haruna erupted in the late 6th century, Japan was still in the pre-historical phase (prior to the importation of the Chinese writing system during the Nara period). The Gunma Prefectural archaeology unit in 1994 was able to date the eruption through zoological anthropology at the corral sites that were buried in ash.In the past, Gunma was joined with Tochigi Prefecture and called Kenu Province. This was later divided into Kami-tsu-ke (Upper Kenu, Gunma) and Shimo-tsu-ke (Lower Kenu, Tochigi). The area is sometimes referred to as Jomo (上毛, Jōmō). For most of Japanese history, Gunma was known as the province of Kozuke.In the early period of contact between western nations and Japan, particularly the late Tokugawa, it was referred to by foreigners as the "Joushu States", inside (fudai, or loyalist) Tokugawa retainers and the Tokugawa family symbol is widely seen at public buildings, temples and shrines.

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Tottori Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Sacred & Religious Sites
Tottori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region. The capital is the city of Tottori. It is the least populous prefecture in Japan.EtymologyThe word "Tottori" in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "bird" and the second, means "to get". Early residents in the area made their living catching the region's plentiful waterfowl. The name first appears in the Nihon shoki in the 23rd year of the Emperor Suiko when Yukuha Tana, an elder from the Izumo, visits the emperor. The imperial Prince Homatsu-wake was unable to speak, despite being 30 years of age. "Yukuha Tana presented the swan to the emperor. Homatsu-wake no Mikoto played with this swan and at last learned to speak. Therefore, Yukaha Tana was liberally rewarded, and was granted the title of Tottori no Miyakko." (Aston, translation)HistoryEarly historyTottori Prefecture was settled very early in the prehistoric period of Japan, as evidenced by remains from the Jōmon period (14,000 - 300 BC). The prefecture has the remains of the largest known Yayoi period (300 BC - 250 AD) settlement in Japan, the Mukibanda Yayoi remains, located in the low foothills of Mount Daisen in the cities of Daisen and Yonago. Numerous kofun tumuli from the Kofun period (250 - 538) are located across the prefecture. In 645, under the Taika reforms, the area in present-day Tottori Prefecture became two provinces, Hōki and Inaba.

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Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Beaches · Aquariums
Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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