15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
Fly:  19 h 30 min
1
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  4 h
3
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h 45 min
4
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Takayama
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  22 h
End: Jeddah

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki visit planning site .

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Ishigaki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 6 hour difference. When traveling from Jeddah in October, plan for slightly colder days in Ishigaki, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Escape the urban bustle at Ida no Hama Beach and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Iriomote Island and Pinaisara Falls. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire all the interesting features of Utara Tanko, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Mizuochi Falls ©
Mizuochi Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Toguchi no Hama. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Aragusuku Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. There's much more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, make a trip to East Henna Cape, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Kujirahama Beach, make a trip to Daimonzaka, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Nachikatsura-cho takes 7 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in October, things will get slightly colder in Nachikatsura-cho: highs are around 27°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Shingu, Kujirahama Beach
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Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

2
nights
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 13th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Wada House, enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, then enjoy breathtaking views from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, then contemplate the long history of Kanda house, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Hirase Shuzo Brewery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daio-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Soyuji Temple, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Takayama travel route builder website .

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Takayama in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in October, with highs in Takayama at 24°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Classes

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Daiou-ji Temple ©
Daiou-ji Temple

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