20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Bus to Takachiho-cho
3
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Tanabe
— 1 night
Drive
7
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Takayama
— 3 nights
Train to Tokyo Haneda, Fly to London

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki will appeal to history buffs. Spend 14th (Thu) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. It doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip maker.

London, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Ishigaki. Traveling from London in April, things will get much hotter in Ishigaki: highs are around 30°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Shimojishima Island and Scuba & Snorkeling. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yabiji and Sawada no hama Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Toguchi no Hama, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and make a trip to East Henna Cape.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima holiday planning tool.

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 18:

Takachiho-cho

— 2 nights
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.
On the 19th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and then admire the sheer force of Manai Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine and then take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Takachiho-cho takes 7.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Miyakojima in April; daily highs in Takachiho-cho reach 23°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

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Getting from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho by combination of car, train, and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Yakushima-cho when traveling from Takachiho-cho in April, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
On the 23rd (Sat), see the interesting displays at Koyasan Reihokan Museum and then stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and then steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Koya-cho trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Koya-cho by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, train, and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, expect Koya-cho to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tanabe.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:

Tanabe

— 1 night
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
On the 25th (Mon), hike along Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tanabe trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Koya-cho to Tanabe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Koya-cho in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tanabe, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Tanabe

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 25:
Highlights from your trip

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Seiganto-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and then make a trip to Daimonzaka. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Tanabe to Nachikatsura-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Nachikatsura-cho are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:

Takayama

— 3 nights
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.
On the 28th (Thu), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Ainokura Gassho Community, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and then get great views at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Takayama visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Takayama takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°C in Takayama. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:

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.