19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  20​h
1
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
ferry:  4​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  8​h
4
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
+2
train + Fly + train:  17​h
End: Brussels

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Toguchi no Hama and Sunayama Beach. Visiting Kayaking & Canoeing and Yabiji will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, contemplate the waterfront views at Toriike Pond, and enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Miyakojima trip itinerary website .

Brussels, Belgium to Miyakojima is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Brussels to Miyakojima, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Brussels in July, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Miyakojima: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step out of the city life by going to Barasu Island and Ida no Hama Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Funauki Village. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Iriomote-jima travel route planning tool .

Ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Tamatorizaki Observatory. There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, walk around Banna Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki online day trip planner .

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about an hour. In August, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

1
night
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 6th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, 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. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Nachikatsura-cho in 8 hours. In August in Nachikatsura-cho, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
Highlights from your plan
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls

2
nights
Takayama

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.
On the 8th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, contemplate the long history of Wada House, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then contemplate the long history of Kanda house, and finally don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Takayama visit planner.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Takayama in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Takayama when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in August, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. 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
Highlights from your plan
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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