22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC
Bus + Fly:  17 h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
2
Shari-cho
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Train:  6 h 45 min
3
Hakodate
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  9 h 15 min
4
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Taxi:  7 h 15 min
7
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
8
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
9
Kyoto
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  19 h 15 min
End: Washington DC

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then make a trip to Tokyo National Museum, and then stop by Akihabara.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary planning tool.

Washington DC, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of subway and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Washington DC to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. September in Tokyo sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

1
night
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 13th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Shiretoko Beach, and then explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Shari-cho trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tokyo to Shari-cho in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, Shari-cho is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of 67°F and lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Shari-cho

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

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Onuma Park Walking Path, stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally make a trip to Hachimanzaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, then wander the streets of Motomachi, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church.

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

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Shari-cho to Hakodate takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In September in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Hachimanzaka ©
Hachimanzaka
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step off the beaten path and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Yonehara Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Iriomote-jima: Ishigaki (Kabira Park, Banna Park, &more). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima day trip site.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Hakodate to Iriomote-jima in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakodate in September; daily highs in Iriomote-jima reach 89°F and lows reach 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Ishigaki
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Park ©
Kabira Park
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

3
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bise no Fukugi Tree Road and Nakijin Castle Ruins. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Iejima Beach Side Horse Park (in Ie-son) and Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, &more). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Diamond Beach.

For reviews and tourist information, you can read our Onna-son road trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in September, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Iejima Beach Side Horse Park
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park

1
night
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Onna-son to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Onna-son in September, expect Takachiho-cho to be little chillier, temps between 82°F and 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yakusugi Land and Oko no Taki Fall. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, make a trip to Wilson Stump, and take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho online travel planner.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho by combination of train, flight, and taxi takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In September in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Trails
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 26th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Okonomimura, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, then appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and finally snap pictures at Kintaikyo Bridge.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima day trip site.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Shukkei-en Garden ©
Shukkei-en 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Toji and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Gion, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel planning tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka Castle
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

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