13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Ishigaki
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  7​h
4
Takayama
— 1 night
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  8​h
5
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  15​h
End: Dubai

1
night
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.
On the 24th (Fri), visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then stroll around Kabira Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape Ongazaki. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, then stroll around Banna Park, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally don't miss a visit to Euglena Mall.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki day trip tool .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Ishigaki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Ishigaki is 5 hours. In May, Ishigaki is little chillier than Dubai - with highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Banna Park ©
Banna Park
Kabira Park ©
Kabira Park

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ida no Hama Beach, head off the coast to Barasu Island, then admire all the interesting features of Utara Tanko, and finally head off the coast to Iriomote Island. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In May in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Barasu Island ©
Barasu Island
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, then take in the views from Kurima Bridge, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonaha Maehama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and finally make a trip to East Henna Cape.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In May, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, enjoy breathtaking views from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, contemplate the long history of Wada House, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then make a trip to Hida Furukawa Old Town, and finally hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Miyakojima to Takayama by combination of flight and train takes about 7 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Miyakojima in May, with highs in Takayama at 27°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Hida Furukawa Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Wine Tours & Tastings
Onsen Resorts

1
night
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 1st (Sat): admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Takayama to Yakushima-cho takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and finally take in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum and then explore and take pictures at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kintaikyo Bridge, Yamato Museum
Highlights from your plan
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
Kintaikyo Bridge ©
Kintaikyo Bridge

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