22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + 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
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
7
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

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Lisbon, Portugal to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Lisbon to Tokyo. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lisbon in August since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel 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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip website .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, head outdoors 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, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Ishigaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

3
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 Yabiji and Irabu-jima Island. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, stroll through Sunayama Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima online vacation planner .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Cape Maeda, don't miss a visit to Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Onna-son itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son takes 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
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): enjoy the sand and surf at Nagata Inakahama and then admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip maker .

Getting from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Yakushima-cho are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls and then contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho journey builder site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Shari-cho takes 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, expect Shari-cho to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive 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 take a memorable drive along Ippon no Michi, then explore the activities along Lake Mashu, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Mashu Third Observatory. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Onneto, then enjoy breathtaking views from Bihorotoge Lookout, and then explore the activities along Lake Kussharo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Teshikaga-cho online trip builder .

Drive from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Teshikaga-cho are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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