23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
8
Fuji National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Manila, Luzon

3
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. Get outdoors at Kabira Bay and Yonehara Beach. On the 17th (Fri), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's much more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and stop by Pinion Direct Shop.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki sightseeing app .

Manila, Philippines to Ishigaki is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Ishigaki is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Manila in May; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 34°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, head off the coast to Miyajima, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner .

Getting from Ishigaki to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in May; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 21st (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then trek along Mt Shosha hiking, and then examine the collection at Tegarayama Exchange Station. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Usukuchi Tatsuno Soy Sauce Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, then explore the world behind art at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Himeji, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Mt. Takamikura, Usukuchi Tatsuno Soy Sauce Museum
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Usukuchi Tatsuno Soy Sauce Museum ©
Usukuchi Tatsuno Soy Sauce Museum
Himeji CityMuseum of Art ©
Himeji CityMuseum of Art

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
You've now added Osaka Castle to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and then walk around Nara Park. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, then take a stroll through Dotonbori, then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner .

Drive from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Himeji in May, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arashiyama as well as Nishiki Market. Head to Dotonbori and Kyoto Station Buildingfor plenty of shopping. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Nara Park) and Museum of Oriental Ceramics (in Osaka). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning site .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Satoyama Experience has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and then pedal to the sights with Satoyama Experience. On the next day, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Takayama vacation builder website .

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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Satoyama Experience ©
Satoyama Experience
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
You'll explore and learn at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum and Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja and Kofu Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Spas (in Yamanashi), Takeda Shrine (in Kofu) and Shiraito Falls (in Fujinomiya). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Kawaguchi, buy something for everyone on your list at Resort Outlet Yatsugatake, explore the world behind art at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg., and hike along Yatsugadake Club.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi itinerary maker .

Drive from Takayama to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in May, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Fuji National Park.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Hokuto, Kofu, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, Spas, Shiraito Falls
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum ©
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum

1
night
Fuji National Park

Fuji National Park ©
Featuring the highest mountain peak in the country, Fuji National Park has long been a place of pilgrimage and poetry, with the active stratovolcano central to Japanese identity, history, and art.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Fuji Hakone Izu National Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fuji National Park tour planning site .

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Fuji National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Fuji National Park can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Fuji Hakone Izu National Park
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Fuji Hakone Izu National Park ©
Fuji Hakone Izu National Park

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 Sensō-ji and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo journey maker app .

Traveling by car from Fuji National Park to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Fuji National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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