16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Hamburg
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
4
Takachiho-cho
— 1 day
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
6
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
7
Shari-cho
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Hamburg

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nakamoto Beach and Ubutaki Lookouts. When in Ishigaki, make a side trip to see Iko Pier in Kuro-shima, approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki day trip site .

Hamburg, Germany to Ishigaki is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Hamburg in October: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kuro-shima, Ubutaki Lookouts, Island Countryside Settlement
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Nosoko Mape ©
Nosoko Mape
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Iko Pier ©
Iko Pier

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nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip maker website .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 7th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, then take in the views from Irabu Bridge, then take in the views from Kurima Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, then don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and finally snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Miyakojima tour itinerary website .

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima by ferry takes about 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Kurima Bridge ©
Kurima Bridge

1
day
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
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 9th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanoyasu Kawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai, and finally don't miss a visit to Tochimata Tanada Rice Terrace.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho journey maker .

Getting from Miyakojima to Takachiho-cho by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Miyakojima in October, things will get slightly colder in Takachiho-cho: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land. On your second day here, explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, make a trip to Wilson Stump, and then make a trip to Jōmon Sugi.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Yakushima-cho when traveling from Takachiho-cho in October, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Trails
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley

1
night
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Momijidani Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Shishiiwa Tenbodai, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then stroll through Mikasahama Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, and finally snap pictures at Kintaikyo Bridge.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hatsukaichi online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Hatsukaichi by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, things will get a bit cooler in Hatsukaichi: highs are around 26°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kintaikyo Bridge
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Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Momijidani Park ©
Momijidani Park

1
night
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
On the 14th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Raiun Shrine, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shari, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pereke River Shore Park, and finally explore the world behind art at Kita no Alp Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Road to Heaven, see the interesting displays at Shiretoko Museum, then get outside with Shiretoko Highway, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Onnebetsu River.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Shari-cho trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hatsukaichi to Shari-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Hatsukaichi in October; daily highs in Shari-cho reach 16°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Shiretoko Highway
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Pereke River Shore Park ©
Pereke River Shore Park
Shiretoko Highway ©
Shiretoko Highway
Road to Heaven ©
Road to Heaven

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