19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Train to Paris CDG, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly to Osaka Kansai, Train to Nachikatsura-cho
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Train to Brussels

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Kids will enjoy Aragusuku Beach and Yabiji. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, and head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima travel route planning website.

Brussels, Belgium to Miyakojima is an approximately 22-hour combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Brussels to Miyakojima due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in July, you will find days in Miyakojima are somewhat warmer (37°C), and nights are much warmer (31°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Explore hidden gems such as Iriomote Island and Pinaisara Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Funauki Village. The adventure continues: get outside with Ida no Hama Beach, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, head off the coast to Barasu Island, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 5.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

3
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kondoi Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. Take a break from the city and head to Yonehara Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, stroll around Banna Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki online road trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. August in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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Nachikatsura-cho

The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 6th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho tour website.

Do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Nachikatsura-cho in 9 hours. In August, daytime highs in Nachikatsura-cho are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Takayama

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, steep yourself in history at Wada House, visit Sanmachi Suji, then contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then contemplate the long history of Kanda house, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Takayama takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 28°C in Takayama. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
On the 10th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto attractions website.

Drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Kyoto sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.