9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
1
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
4
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Tokyo

1
night
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
On the 10th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kushifuru Shrine, explore the striking landscape at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, then make a trip to Akimoto Shrine, and finally go for a walk through Takachihokyo Passage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kusakabeyoshimi Shrine and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho trip itinerary planner .

Tokyo to Takachiho-cho is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Baths Spas

Side Trips

Kusakabeyoshimi Shrine, Onsen Resorts
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Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Kushifuru Shrine ©
Kushifuru Shrine

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Asukuon Shrine, then kick back and relax at Akashi Beach, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Shiraho Beach, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, then take in the waterfront at Kohama Seaport, and finally examine the collection at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Takachiho-cho to Ishigaki takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Takachiho-cho in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ishigaki, with highs around 31°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kohama-jima, Island Countryside Settlement
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Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Nosoko Mape ©
Nosoko Mape

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and then head outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach. On the next day, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then head outdoors with Hoshisuna Beach, and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima vacation planner .

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about an hour. In November, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and finally take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach.

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Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

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