15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
4
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Takayama
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: London

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Aragusuku Beach and Irabu-jima Island. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Toguchi no Hama and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima route planner .

London, UK to Miyakojima is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from London in June, expect nights in Miyakojima to be warmer, around 30°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

2
nights
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.
On the 20th (Sat), look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, take a memorable tour with Tours, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, then Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

Discover how to plan a Ishigaki trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 22nd (Mon), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima tour itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Iriomote-jima to Nachikatsura-cho. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in June, expect Nachikatsura-cho to be little chillier, temps between 29°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

4
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Get in touch with nature at Norikura Kogen (Highland) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Higashiyama Walking Course and Takayama Jinya. Venture out of the city with trips to Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen). There's more to do: examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum and don't miss a visit to Hida Furukawa Old Town.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Takayama in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Takayama when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in June, with lows around 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, Hida Furukawa Old Town, Norikura Kogen, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
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Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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