15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Kagoshima, Train to Kumamoto, Drive to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Drive to Fukuoka Airport, Fly to Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport

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Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, head outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach, then head off the coast to Iriomote Island, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Todomari Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima sightseeing planning website.

Sydney, Australia to Iriomote-jima is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Sydney in September, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Iriomote-jima: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Ishigaki

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, then head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Kabira Park, get outside with Yonehara Beach, walk around Banna Park, then appreciate the history behind Yoko Gushiken Monument, then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary app.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aragusuku Beach and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. Escape the urban bustle at Yabiji and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: make a trip to East Henna Cape, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, and go for a walk through Imugya Marine Garden.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Sun Marina Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Manza Beach and Blue Cave. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Nanjo (Valley of Gangala & Sefa-Utaki), Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman) and Motobu-cho (Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, Okichan Theater, &more). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Cape Maeda and get a taste of the local shopping with Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Onna-son online trip builder.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 4.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take a peaceful walk through Shakunagenomori Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, then make a trip to Taikoiwa, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Yakusugi Land.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho online day trip planner.

Fly from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

Takachiho-cho

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara.

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You can do a combination of ferry, train, and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in September, Takachiho-cho is little chillier at night with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

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.