11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Hatsukaichi
— 1 day
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 1 night
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Hatsukaichi

— 1 day
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): head off the coast to Miyajima and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hatsukaichi trip planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Hatsukaichi is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Hatsukaichi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in March; daily highs in Hatsukaichi reach 16°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Ishigaki

— 1 night
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.
On the 16th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hatsukaichi to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Hatsukaichi in March, you will find days in Ishigaki are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are much hotter (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

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Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Take a break from the city and head to Ida no Hama Beach and Pinaisara Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Wasurenaishi. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, don't miss a visit to Funauki Village, kick back and relax at Nakano Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip maker website.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. 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 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
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Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Yonaha Maehama Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Toguchi no Hama and Sunayama Beach. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach, don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, and take in the views from Irabu Ohashi.

To plan Miyakojima vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4 hours. In March, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Japan travel guide

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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.