17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  16​h
1
Miyakojima
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
4
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 15​min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

1
night
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 24th (Sun): stroll through Toguchi no Hama, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, then make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunayama Beach, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach, and finally take in the views from Kurima Bridge.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima online trip itinerary planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

1
night
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 26th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, stroll through Yonehara Beach, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In November in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, then head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima tour itinerary planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in November, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

2
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
On the 29th (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, shop like a local with Onna Station Nakayukui Market, then step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins, and finally make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, and then steep yourself in history at Nakagusuku Castle Ruins.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Onna-son trip builder site .

Explore your travel options from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son with the Route module. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Onna-son. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Kitanakagusuku-son, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Highlights from your plan
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins ©
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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 1st (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land and then make a trip to Jōmon Sugi.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Onna-son in November: highs in Yakushima-cho hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and finally look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Takachiho. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka, take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Takachiho Gamadase Market, and finally don't miss a visit to Shirakawa Springs.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho tour builder site .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in December: high temperatures in Takachiho-cho hover around 12°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shirakawa Springs
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls
Kunimigaoka ©
Kunimigaoka

5
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.
Tenryuji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nanzen-ji Temple and Koyasan Okunoin. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Kongobu-ji Temple, & more), Ise (Oharai-machi, Ise Shrine Geku, & more) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, steep yourself in history at Byodoin, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto route planner .

Traveling by flight from Takachiho-cho to Kyoto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Ise, Hikone Castle, Byodoin
Highlights from your plan
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

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