20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Glasgow, Scotland
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
2
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 30 min
4
Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h
5
Ise
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Bus:  19 h
End: Glasgow, Scotland

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stop by Ginza Itoya Hontren, shop like a local with Ginza, take a stroll through Ueno, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kencho-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), and finally identify plant and animal life at Kiyose Sunflower Farm.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip planning website .

Glasgow, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Glasgow to Tokyo. Traveling from Glasgow in May, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Kiyose Sunflower Farm
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Island Countryside Settlement and Misakion. Shop till you drop at Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Iriomote-jima (Nakama-river Protected Region & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Nakamoto Beach (in Kuro-shima). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, take a stroll through Misaki Town, and stop by Miyara River Hirugi Grove.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip builder site .

Fly from Tokyo to Ishigaki in 5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect Ishigaki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima, Island Countryside Settlement, Nakamoto Beach, Kondoi Beach
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Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 19th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast, kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach, hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba, then look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji, then steep yourself in history at Nakasone Toyumya Tomb, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, contemplate the long history of Uibya Mountain Site, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ammama Utaki, then contemplate the long history of Yamatoga, then delve into the distant past at Ninto zeiseki, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harimizu Utaki.

To see reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Miyako Shrine ©
Miyako Shrine

3
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Sefa-Utaki and Urasoe Castle Ruins will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Nakijin Castle Ruins and St. Clara Church. Get out of town with these interesting Onna-son side-trips: Momenbaru Ruins (in Yomitan-son), Oceanic Culture Museum (in Motobu-cho) and Uruma (Amamichu Tomb & Shirumichu). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Manzamo, look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and get to know the fascinating history of Nakadomari Ruins.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Onna-son online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Onna-son, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Uruma, St. Clara Church, Momenbaru Ruins, Oceanic Culture Museum
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

1
night
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 24th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Izawanomiya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, steep yourself in history at Jingu Chokokan Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Hinjitsukan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yamato-hime Shrine.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ise trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Onna-son to Ise in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. While traveling from Onna-son, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ise, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Izawanomiya
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Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine ©
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Jingu Chokokan Museum ©
Jingu Chokokan Museum

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tofuku-ji Temple and Toji. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Nara Park) and Dotonbori (in Osaka). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and visit Gion.

To see other places to visit, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Ise to Kyoto by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Ise in May, expect nights in Kyoto to be little chillier, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Dotonbori
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Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ekie, and finally see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, take a stroll through Kamiyacho, then buy something for everyone on your list at Asse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Shopping Spas

Side Trips

Senjokaku, JMSDF Kure Museum
Find places to stay May 27 — 29:
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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