22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Lisbon
Fly + Train:  18 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
3
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
4
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4 h
5
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 30 min
6
Onna-son
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Train + Fly + Taxi:  6 h 15 min
7
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8 h 45 min
8
Shari-cho
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Teshikaga-cho
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h 15 min
End: Lisbon

2
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, get in on the family fun at Tokyo DisneySea, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planning site.

Lisbon, Portugal to Tokyo is an approximately 19- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Lisbon to Tokyo. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Lisbon in August, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Universal Studios Japan about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and go for a walk through Gion.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Kyoto are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

2
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.
On the 11th (Sun), get interesting insight from Tours, get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Kabira Park, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and then head outdoors with Kondoi Beach.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki sightseeing website.

Getting from Kyoto to Ishigaki by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, tram, and flight. In August, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 13th (Tue), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, and finally identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima online trip builder.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aragusuku Beach and Irabu-jima Island. There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima online trip maker.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji

1
night
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): make a trip to Cape Maeda, look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Onna-son trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son takes 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Onna-son are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Onna Station Nakayukui Market ©
Onna Station Nakayukui Market
Cape Maeda ©
Cape Maeda

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): head outdoors with Nagata Inakahama and then take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Wilson Stump, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then make a trip to Jōmon Sugi.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho road trip planning tool.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, train, ferry, and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

1
day
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
On the 21st (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls and then contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Shari-cho trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Shari-cho in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and car. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in August, things will get a bit cooler in Shari-cho: highs are around 26°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls

3
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
On the 22nd (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Kaminoko Pond, then cruise along Ippon no Michi, then explore the activities along Lake Mashu, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Onneto, then take in panoramic vistas at Bihorotoge Lookout, and then explore the activities along Lake Kussharo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Teshikaga-cho journey builder website.

You can drive from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August in Teshikaga-cho, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Kiyosato-cho, Bihorotoge Lookout, Lake Onneto, Kaiyodai Observatory
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Kaminoko Pond ©
Kaminoko Pond
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Lake Kussharo ©
Lake Kussharo

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