16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  14​h
1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): stroll through Sunayama Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally snap pictures at Kurima Bridge.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima sightseeing planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Miyakojima is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Miyakojima. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in April: highs in Miyakojima hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, and finally identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima trip maker website .

Traveling by ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 4 hours. In May, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

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 5th (Tue): kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Banna Park, walk around Kabira Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary builder website .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In May in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kintaikyo Bridge and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip maker site .

Do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in May; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally make a trip to Gion.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Toji ©
Toji

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Odaiba, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation maker site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Tokyo are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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