17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
+3
train + bus + Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
4
Takachiho-cho
— 1 day
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  16​h 30​min
6
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
7
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: London

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take a stroll through Odaiba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, then see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and finally explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In September, Tokyo is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkaku-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Gion, steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel route planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 25th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kujirahama Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Taki no Hai, explore the striking landscape at Ichimai-iwa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Muryoji - Rosetsuji Kushimoto Okyo Rosetsu Hall, and finally make a trip to Hashigui Rock.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nachikatsura-cho, with lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kozagawa-cho, Kushimoto-cho, Shingu, Kujirahama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

1
day
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.
On the 27th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Yasugawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, then take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho road trip app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nachikatsura-cho to Takachiho-cho in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in September since evenings lows in Takachiho-cho dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yakusugi Land.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho travel planner.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

1
night
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yakushima-cho to Iriomote-jima. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in September: high temperatures in Iriomote-jima hover around 37°C and lows are around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

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 2nd (Wed), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Kabira Park, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki route builder website .

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Island Countryside Settlement, Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the views from Irabu Bridge, and finally stroll through Yonaha Maehama Beach. Keep things going the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and finally make a trip to East Henna Cape.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima vacation builder app .

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2 hours. In October in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing

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