18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Mackay
Fly:  24​h
1
Ishigaki
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 15​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h
6
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Mackay

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.
On the 21st (Sat), kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stop by Pinion Direct Shop, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki online itinerary planner .

Mackay, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mackay to Ishigaki. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mackay in September, with highs in Ishigaki at 37°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Get outdoors at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Iriomote Island. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Pinaisara Falls. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Kanpiree Waterfall.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima online attractions planner .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In September, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Take a break from the city and head to Aragusuku Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sunayama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

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

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kodai-ji Temple. Get some historical perspective at Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto journey planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Kyoto by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Miyakojima in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kyoto, with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tokyo National Museum and Sensō-ji. Appreciate the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Samurai Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Minato Mirai 21 in Yokohama (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Odaiba, shop like a local with Ginza, don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

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Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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 5th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tokyo to Yakushima-cho in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in October; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 30°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

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

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