20 days in Bali & Japan Itinerary

20 days in Bali & Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Bali & Japan Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly + Taxi:  20​h 15​min
1
Pemuteran, Indonesia
— 1 night
Drive + Ferry:  3​h
2
Nusa Penida, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Ubud, Indonesia
— 4 nights
Bus:  2​h
4
Amed, Indonesia
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  13​h 45​min
5
Ishigaki, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Miyakojima, Japan
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  5​h 15​min
7
Nagasaki, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Cape Town, South Africa


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1
night
Pemuteran, Indonesia

The small fishing village of Pemuteran, just off the west coast of Bali, has become a popular tourism destination among domestic and international visitors for its scenic, pristine beaches and vibrant local community.
On the 21st (Mon), look for gifts at Atlas Pearl Farm and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Turtle Project. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Menjangan Island and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Plan my day in Pemuteran using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Cape Town, South Africa to Pemuteran is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Pemuteran is 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nusa Penida.

Things to do in Pemuteran

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Menjangan Island ©
Menjangan Island
Atlas Pearl Farm ©
Atlas Pearl Farm

2
nights
Nusa Penida, Indonesia

Nusa Penida ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Pasih Uug Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pasih Andus, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kelingking Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Angel's Billabong, then take in the dramatic scenery at Seganing Waterfall, and then head off the coast to Nusa Penida Island.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nusa Penida vacation tool .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Pemuteran to Nusa Penida takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Nusa Penida can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Ubud.

Things to do in Nusa Penida

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Pasih Uug Beach ©
Pasih Uug Beach
Kelingking Beach ©
Kelingking Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud ©
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Blue Point Beach and Jimbaran Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Samasta Lifestyle Village and River Rafting & Tubing. Venture out of the city with trips to Spas (in Canggu), Museum PASIFIKA (in Nusa Dua) and Mt Batur (in Kintamani). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at BARA Gold & Silver, and kick back and relax at Balangan Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ubud road trip tool .

Do a combination of ferry and car from Nusa Penida to Ubud in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Ubud are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Amed.

Things to do in Ubud

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Jimbaran, Balangan Beach, Blue Point Beach, Spas, BARA Gold & Silver
Highlights from your plan
Samasta Lifestyle Village ©
Samasta Lifestyle Village
Blue Point Beach ©
Blue Point Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Amed, Indonesia

A snaking coastline and quaint, sleepy fishing villages characterize Amed, a stretch of shorefront with seven villages in Bali's east.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jemeluk Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Amed Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Taman Tirtagangga, and then stroll through USS Liberty Shipwreck.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Amed trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Ubud to Amed takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Amed sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Amed

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Karangasem, USS Liberty Shipwreck
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Jemeluk Beach ©
Jemeluk Beach
USS Liberty Shipwreck ©
USS Liberty Shipwreck

2
nights
Ishigaki, Japan

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.
Get outdoors at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Kabira Bay and Cape Hirakubozaki. Step out of Ishigaki to go to Kuro-shima and see Kuroshima Research Institute, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, stroll around Banna Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach.

Make your Ishigaki itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Amed to Ishigaki in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amed to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Amed in December; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 26°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Kuroshima Research Institute
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Shimojiiima Island. Museum-lovers will appreciate Underground Dam Museum and Yukishio Museum. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, examine the collection at Miyakojima City Museum, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, and get outside with Nakanoshima Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima online attractions planner .

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

2
nights
Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Folk History Museum, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Former Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Nagasaki Branch Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Hashima Island, examine the collection at Gunkanjima - Hashima, then admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, then examine the collection at Gunkanjima Digital Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Dejima.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki vacation maker .

Do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Nagasaki in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Miyakojima in January: highs in Nagasaki hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Mt. Inasa ©
Mt. Inasa
Dejima ©
Dejima

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