20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Bus to Furujima, Fly to Nagasaki
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki

— 2 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.
Spend 21st (Tue) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, walk around Kabira Park, examine the collection at MInsah Kogei Museum, and visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki tour site.

Milan, Italy to Ishigaki is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Milan in December, things will get much warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 26°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

Motobu-cho

— 2 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
On the 22nd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, then meet the residents at Okichan Theater, and finally make a trip to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Kouri Ohashi, then experience rural life at Aiai Farm, and then contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Motobu-cho route maker.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in December, Motobu-cho is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and then ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Nabekanmuriyama Park, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, then walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Nagasaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Motobu-cho in December, expect Nagasaki to be slightly colder, temps between 13°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima tour itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and go for a walk through Gion.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:

Tokyo

— 5 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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Have a day of magic on the 4th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin).

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Tokyo are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

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.