20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Zojo-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tokyo National Museum and Samurai Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama) and Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, shop like a local with Takeshita Street, and visit Odaiba District.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online day trip planner.

Metzingen, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Metzingen to Tokyo. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Metzingen in October, with highs in Tokyo at 26°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

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Ginza ©
Ginza
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

5
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Himeji Castle. Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Minami (Namba) (in Namba) and Imperial Hotel Plaza Osaka (in Osaka). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto visit planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Classes

Side Trips

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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

3
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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 Yabiji and Sunayama Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Aragusuku Beach and Irabu-jima Island. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in October, expect Miyakojima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Art. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, stroll around Kabira Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki road trip planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In October in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 18th (Sun), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Funauki Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima road trip planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about 2 hours. In October in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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