23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Portland
Fly:  22​h 15​min
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly:  45​min
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
Portland

4
days
Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Step out of the city life by going to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Tojinbo Cliff. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Eiheiji. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Kita Family House (in Hodatsushimizu-cho), Nata-dera Temple (in Komatsu) and Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Higashiyama Walking Course, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Nomura Samurai House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyama Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

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Portland, USA to Kanazawa is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Kanazawa is 17 hours. Traveling from Portland in October, Kanazawa is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Takayama, Eiheiji, Kita Family House, Tojinbo Cliff, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
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Eiheiji
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

4
days
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 Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple. Visit Kiyomizu-dera and Ginkaku-ji Temple for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market, steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, and get outside with Arashiyama.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto vacation builder.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari Taisha
Kiyomizu-dera
Nijo Castle

5
days
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Toguchi no Hama and Tomori Imugya Beach. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, contemplate the waterfront views at Toriike Pond, go for a walk through Nishihenna Cape, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

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You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Miyakojima in 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kyoto in October: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 82°F and lows are around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach
Toguchi no Hama

4
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Shiraho Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yonehara Beach and Tamatorizaki Observatory. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, go for a walk through Cape Ongazaki, enjoy the sand and surf at Fusaki Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site.

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Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 74°F. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory

3
days
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.
Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Samurai Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senso-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Kōtoku-in in Kamakura (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

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You can fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in October, with highs in Tokyo at 73°F and lows at 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Ghibli Museum
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Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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