16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Onna-son
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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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 some historical perspective at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Spend 7th (Wed) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. The adventure continues: stop by Yurateiku Market, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki route planner.

Glasgow, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Glasgow to Ishigaki. Traveling from Glasgow in September, expect Ishigaki to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima

— 1 night
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): head off the coast to Iriomote Island and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In September in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Take a break from the city and head to Aragusuku Beach and Yabiji. There's lots more to do: stroll through Toguchi no Hama, make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Manza Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, Head underground at Blue Cave, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and then explore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Onna-son road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Onna-son takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Toji. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: savor the flavors at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip tool.

You can fly from Onna-son to Kyoto in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Onna-son in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Kyoto, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trip

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.