17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
4
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
5
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
6
Ise
— 2 nights
7
Nachikatsura-cho
— 3 nights

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get in touch with nature at Yabiji and Shimojiiima Island. Explore hidden gems such as Imugya Marine Garden and Toriike Pond. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, and enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima road trip site.

Auckland, New Zealand to Miyakojima is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Auckland to Miyakojima, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in April, you will find days in Miyakojima are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse

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.
On the 27th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, stroll around Banna Park, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, thenvisit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki, thenwalk around Kabira Park, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Ishigaki are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On your second day here, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, thenadmire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Kanpiree Waterfall.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

1
night
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
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 1st (Fri): admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Shirakawa Springs, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka, thengo for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Iriomote-jima to Takachiho-cho takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in May, expect Takachiho-cho to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shirakawa Springs
Highlights from your plan
Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls
Kunimigaoka ©
Kunimigaoka
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

1
night
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
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 3rd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then make a trip to Taikoiwa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Yakusugi Land.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho travel route builder tool.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa

2
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meotoiwa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, thenget to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, thenobserve the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinmei Shrine, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ise trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Ise by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Toba, Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck
Highlights from your plan
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

3
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Kushima-Suzushima, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, thendon't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Nachikatsura-cho vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ise to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Nachikatsura-cho can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
Highlights from your plan
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

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