16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
4
Onna-son
— 2 nights
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights

2
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, make a trip to East Henna Cape, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, thendon't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, thenhead outdoors with Nagamahama Beach Coast, and finally snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Miyakojima sightseeing site.

Lisbon, Portugal to Miyakojima is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in September, expect Miyakojima to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Kayaking & Canoeing
East Henna Cape ©
East Henna Cape
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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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 19th (Sat): Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, thenkick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and finally stroll around Banna Park. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, thentake in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, thenpause for some photo ops at Yoko Gushiken Monument, and finally stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. September in Ishigaki sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Banna Park ©
Banna Park

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 21st (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Kanpiree Waterfall, thenskim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakama-river Protected Region. On your second day here, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, kick back and relax at Todomari Beach, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, thendon't miss a visit to Funauki Village, and finally admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima driving holiday app.

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In September in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

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Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
On the 23rd (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, make a trip to Cape Maeda, make a trip to Ryugu no Shima, thendiscover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Akabaka Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Kouri Beach, thenmake a trip to Kouri Ohashi, and finally make a trip to Nago Himpun Banyan Tree.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Onna-son trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son in 6 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Onna-son can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Nago Himpun Banyan Tree
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Cape Maeda ©
Cape Maeda
Kouri Beach ©
Kouri Beach

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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 25th (Fri): get outside with Nagata Inakahama, thenkick back and relax at Isso Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Yahazu Cape. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Gejibe no Sato, take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mocchomudake, thentake in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

Before you visit Yakushima-cho, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama
Onsen Resorts

4
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Beer Tastings & Tours and Okochi Sanso Garden. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the activities along Kamogawa River, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and see the interesting displays at Kyoto Railway Museum.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation builder website.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kyoto, with lows of °C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Beer Tastings & Tours
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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