18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Mackay
Fly:  24 h
1
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  4 h
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  5 h 15 min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6 h
6
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  30 h
End: Mackay

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, then look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki online day trip planner.

Mackay, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 25- hour flight. Traveling from Mackay to Ishigaki, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mackay in September; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 37°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step off the beaten path and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Ida no Hama Beach and Kanpiree Waterfall. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima road trip planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get in touch with nature at Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aragusuku Beach and Yonaha Maehama Beach. Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, and visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Miyakojima attractions planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In September, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

2
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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Dotombori in Dotombori (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto driving holiday planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Miyakojima in September, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Samurai Museum. Do your shopping at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Takeshita Street. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Ginza, and stop by Odaiba.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip app.

Getting from Tokyo to Yakushima-cho by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in October; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 30°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Tachudake ©
Tachudake

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