21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Shirahama-cho
— 3 nights
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
4
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
5
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
6
Taketomi-jima
— 1 night
7
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights

3
nights
Shirahama-cho

Shirahama-cho ©
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kozenji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Minakata Kumagusu Archives, thenobserve the fascinating underwater world at Adventure World, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosshinmon Oji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): make a trip to Lover's Cape, observe the fascinating underwater world at Susami Crustacean Aquarium, thenlook for gifts at Toretore Market Nanki Shirahama, and finally make a trip to Nonaka-no Shimizu.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Shirahama-cho driving holiday planner.

Doha, Qatar to Shirahama-cho is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 6 hours. Traveling from Doha in June, you will find days in Shirahama-cho are colder (°C), and nights are slightly colder (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tanabe, Susami-cho, Kozenji Temple
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Adventure World ©
Adventure World
Toretore Market Nanki Shirahama ©
Toretore Market Nanki Shirahama
Minakata Kumagusu Archives ©
Minakata Kumagusu Archives

2
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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Gion. The adventure continues: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto route planner.

Traveling by car from Shirahama-cho to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

4
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.
Attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Meiji Jingu Shrine make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Tokyo DisneySea, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo visit planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 9:
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Irabu Ohashi and Nakanoshima Beach. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, kick back and relax at Nagamahama Beach Coast, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyako Shrine, and hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima online attractions planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Miyakojima by flight takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Miyakojima, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Nagamahama Beach Coast ©
Nagamahama Beach Coast
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yonehara Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Family-friendly places like Tamatorizaki Observatory and Iko Pier will thrill your kids. Step out of Ishigaki to go to Kuro-shima and see Nakamoto Beach, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site, visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Kuro-shima
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Iko Pier ©
Iko Pier
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

1
night
Taketomi-jima

Taketomi-jima ©
A tiny island in the Yae-yama archipelago, Taketomi-jima enjoys popularity as a beach getaway, best known for its stretches of "star sand"--sand made up of tiny star-shaped exoskeletons of ancient fossils.
On the 16th (Sun), kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach, head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, thendon't miss a visit to Nagomi Tower, and finally take a peaceful walk through Mangrove at Ishinagata Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Taketomi-jima trip itinerary maker.

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Taketomi-jima in an hour. In July in Taketomi-jima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Mangrove at Ishinagata Beach
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 17:
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Kaiji Beach ©
Kaiji Beach
Nagomi Tower ©
Nagomi Tower

2
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): experience the excitement of Nago Pineapple Park and then kick back and relax at Busena Beach. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and then stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Motobu-cho attractions planner.

You can fly from Taketomi-jima to Motobu-cho in 6.5 hours. In July in Motobu-cho, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nago, Kouri Ohashi
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:
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Busena Beach ©
Busena Beach
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park
Bisezaki ©
Bisezaki

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