25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Shakotan-cho
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Shakotan-cho
— 1 night
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Nakashibetsu Airport
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ise
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Ishigakiko Rito Terminal, Fly to Osaka Kansai, Train to Koya-cho
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive to Kansai International Airport, Fly to Cardiff International Airport

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Shakotan-cho

— 1 night
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Numasaki Landslide, take in the dramatic natural features at Shakotan Peninsula, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Misaki no Yu Shakotan. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Shimamu Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Kamui, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Kamui Lighthouse.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Shakotan-cho journey planning site.

Cardiff, UK to Shakotan-cho is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Cardiff to Shakotan-cho due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Shakotan-cho when traveling from Cardiff in July, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Baths

Shari-cho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Visiting Kaminoko Pond and Shiretoko National Park will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu, Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, &more) and Shiretoko Highway (in Rausu-cho). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass, head outdoors with Road to Heaven, delve into the lush surroundings at Shiretoko 100 Square-Meter Trust Forest, and make a trip to Shiretoko Misaki.

For ratings and tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho journey builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shakotan-cho to Shari-cho. Traveling from Shakotan-cho in July, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Shari-cho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Ise

— 2 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 26th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, don't miss a visit to Meotoiwa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Taikoji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, meet the residents at Toba Aquarium, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ise trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Shari-cho to Ise takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shari-cho in July: high temperatures in Ise hover around 32°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
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 28th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Shakunagenomori Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, then don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Wilson Stump. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ise to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Onna-son

— 3 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Manza Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Zakimi Castle Ruins and Nakijin Castle Ruins. Get out of town with these interesting Onna-son side-trips: Nanjo (Valley of Gangala, Sefa-Utaki, &more), Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman) and Motobu-cho (Minnajima Island, Emerald Beach, &more). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Cape Maeda and stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Onna-son tour planner.

Fly from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In July, daily temperatures in Onna-son can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aragusuku Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of the city life by going to Yabiji and Toguchi no Hama. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and walk around Imugya Marine Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima online holiday planner.

You can fly from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Ishigaki

— 3 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Island Countryside Settlement. Step out of the city life by going to Yonehara Beach and Cape Hirakubozaki. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, stop by Yurateiku Market, and don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki road trip planning site.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. August in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step out of the city life by going to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Ida no Hama Beach. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Barasu Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and get outside with Todomari Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 2 hours. In August in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
On the 11th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Danjo Garan.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Koya-cho journey website.

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and train from Iriomote-jima to Koya-cho in 8.5 hours. August in Koya-cho sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.