15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry
3
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly to Osaka Itami, Train to Nachikatsura-cho
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Kouri Island. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, enjoy breathtaking views from Makiyama Observatory, take in the pleasant sights at Imugya Marine Garden, and step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima online trip maker.

Chicago, USA to Miyakojima is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Chicago to Miyakojima due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in March; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 72°F and lows reach 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Ishigaki

— 2 nights
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 11th (Fri), see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and then don't miss a visit to Euglena Mall. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, get outside with Kondoi Beach, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, then head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, then walk around Kabira Park, and finally get great views at Cape Ongazaki.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki driving holiday tool.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in March, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, then head off the coast to Barasu Island, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima travel itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
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.
On the 16th (Wed), make a trip to Wilson Stump, explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, then make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, then make a trip to Taikoiwa, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Sandaisugi.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho journey planning app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Yakushima-cho takes 11.5 hours. In March, Yakushima-cho is little chillier than Iriomote-jima - with highs of 63°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Spas · Baths · Wildlife

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 18th (Fri), examine the collection at Taiji Whale Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Hashigui Rock, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho vacation builder tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Nachikatsura-cho takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in March, expect nights in Nachikatsura-cho to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 1 night
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 20th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, take in the views from Rainbow Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo journey planning website.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Tokyo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in March, Tokyo is slightly colder at night with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.