21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary maker

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
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Izumo
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Nikko
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 2 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and Akihabara. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip app.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from New York City to Tokyo. In November, daytime highs in Tokyo are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can fly to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): appreciate the views at Katsuragi Highlands, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and then steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Okunoin, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichijo-in Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Koya-cho trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Koya-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In November in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Toguchi no Hama, and then step off the mainland to explore Shimojishima Island.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip builder website.

You can fly from Koya-cho to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Koya-cho in November: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 78°F and lows are around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:

Ishigaki

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Cape Hirakubozaki. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kondoi Beach and Tamatorizaki Observatory. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki online holiday planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in November, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:

Yakushima-cho

— 1 night
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.
On the 12th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Yakusugi Land.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho day trip planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Yakushima-cho in 9 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in November, things will get slightly colder in Yakushima-cho: highs are around 70°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can fly to Izumo.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 12:
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Izumo

— 2 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Former Taisha Station, visit a coastal fixture at Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hinomisaki Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Adachi Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Izumo trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Izumo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, with highs in Izumo at 60°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nanzen-ji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. There's much more to do: visit Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto attractions planning website.

Traveling by flight from Izumo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Nikko.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 19:

Nikko

— 2 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 20th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Yomeimon (Main Gate). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, and then make a trip to Senjogahara Field.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nikko, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kyoto to Nikko by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in November, you will find days in Nikko are little chillier (55°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:

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.