16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Kagoshima, Train to Kumamoto, Drive to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Bus to Fukuoka, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 2 nights
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 13th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takao and then walk around Ikuta Ryokuchi Park. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, walk around Meiji Jingu Gaien, then go for a walk through Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Tree-lined Street, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Tokyo. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Mumbai in November: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 19°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Sanzen-in Temple. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, get great views at Mt. Kurama, and admire the natural beauty at Shisendo Temple.

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Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then identify plant and animal life at Anbo River.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho holiday tool.

You can fly from Kyoto to Yakushima-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Kyoto in November, expect Yakushima-cho to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Takachiho-cho

— 2 nights
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): admire the sheer force of Unokono-taki, identify plant and animal life at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, and then take in the pleasant sights at Takachihokyo Passage.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Takachiho-cho trip planning app.

You can do a combination of ferry, train, and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, things will get little chillier in Takachiho-cho: highs are around 19°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kayaking & Canoeing and Makiyama Observatory. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, enjoy the sand and surf at Sawada no hama Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji, and get outside with Tomori Imugya Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima road trip website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Takachiho-cho to Miyakojima takes 8 hours. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in November, expect nights in Miyakojima to be warmer, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Geta Waterfall and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then go deep underground at Utara Tanko, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 5.5 hours. November in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Ishigaki

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki day trip planning app.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

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.