17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
4
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
5
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
6
Miyakojima
— 4 nights

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Railway Museum and Ueno District. Get in touch with nature at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Mt. Takao. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Kamakura Hiking Trails in Kamakura--about 1h 15 min away. It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tokyo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Brussels, Belgium to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Brussels in September, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

The Railway Museum, Kamakura Hiking Trails, Mt. Takao
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Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) ©
Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park)
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

2
nights
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Wada House, thenget to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and then steep yourself in history at Shirakawago. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Watanabe Sake Brewery, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Shirakabe Dozogai, and then wander the streets of Ogimachi.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa-mura tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and car from Tokyo to Shirakawa-mura in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Hida
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Wada House ©
Wada House
Ogimachi ©
Ogimachi

2
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, thencontemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Omimaiko Beach, thentake some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Omimaiko Beach
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, thenenjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Tojinbaka, thenget outside with Yonehara Beach, thenexplore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and finally take in the views from Nagurao Bridge.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip website.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Ishigaki takes 6.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kyoto in September: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Get outdoors at Shirahama Port and Nara no Taki Falls. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Kanpiree Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Kura Falls, don't miss a visit to Funauki Village, and steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi.

Plan my day in Iriomote-jima using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Shirahama Port ©
Shirahama Port
Mizuochi Falls ©
Mizuochi Falls

4
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Relax by the water at Nagamahama Beach Coast and Ikizu Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Yabiji and Tomori Imugya Beach. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, steep yourself in history at Nakasone Toyumya Tomb, kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harimizu Utaki.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Miyakojima travel route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Yabiji
Yabiji
Tomori Imugya Beach ©
Tomori Imugya Beach

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