15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
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Onna-son
— 2 nights
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa

— 3 nights
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 Gongenmori Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Higashichaya Old Town and Ninja Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Ishikawa Nishida Kitaro Museum of Philosophy (in Kahoku) and Hakui (Keta Taisha & Yokoji Temple). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Fukumitsuya Sake Brewery, Kanazawa.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip maker.

Hong Kong, China to Kanazawa is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Kanazawa. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in July; daily highs in Kanazawa reach 34°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Yakushima-cho

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at Yakusugi Museum, then kick back and relax at Nagata Inakahama, then visit a coastal fixture at Yakushima Lighthouse (Nagata Lighthouse), and finally don't miss a visit to Yahazu Cape.

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Fly from Kanazawa to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Onna-son

— 2 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sun Marina Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Manza Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo, and finally walk around Onna Seaside Cizil Park Nabii Beach. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, examine the collection at Haebaru Town Museum, and then stroll through Nirai Beach.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Onna-son online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 20th (Mon), see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, then examine the collection at Yukishio Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, stroll through Yonaha Maehama Beach, see the interesting displays at Miyakojima City Museum, then make a trip to East Henna Cape, then enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and finally stroll through Aragusuku Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima day trip planner.

Getting from Onna-son to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ida no Hama Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Nakama-river Protected Region, then stroll through Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, and finally make a trip to Heritiera Littoralis Tree of Nakama River.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima online trip maker.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Ishigaki

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Yonehara Beach and Fusaki Beach. Appreciate the collections at Ishigaki Yaima Village and Ishigakijima Observatory. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Sukuji Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and don't miss a visit to Euglena Mall.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki online travel route planner.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In July in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.