26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 15​min
4
Nakijin-son
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  9​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Subway + Train:  4​h 30​min
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
8
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

2
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, stop by Inafuku Shuhan Honten, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip itinerary builder tool .

New Delhi, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from New Delhi in March: highs in Ishigaki hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Iriomote Island, take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and admire all the interesting features of Utara Tanko.

To find out how to plan a trip to Iriomote-jima, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In March, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Irabu Bridge. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

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Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nakijin-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi

2
nights
Nakijin-son

Nakijin-son ©
Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, meet the residents at Okichan Theater, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Kouri-jima Island and then don't miss a visit to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nakijin-son trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Nakijin-son in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in April, Nakijin-son is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Motobu-cho
Highlights from your plan
Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road

2
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Oko no Taki Fall. Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mocchomudake.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho journey planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Nakijin-son to Yakushima-cho takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. In April in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kintaikyo Bridge and The Cenotaph. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Miyajima, & more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima route planning site .

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hiroshima, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Kintaikyo Bridge ©
Kintaikyo Bridge
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Toji and Tofuku-ji Temple. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Gion, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Toji ©
Toji

4
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.
Have a day of magic on the 17th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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