16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  6​h
2
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Onna-son
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h
5
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
6
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
7
Kyoto
— 1 night
train + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Norfolk

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou and then admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday maker tool .

Norfolk, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. When traveling from Norfolk in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Tokyo, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

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 22nd (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Yakusugi Land.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Tokyo to Yakushima-cho takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and car. June in Yakushima-cho sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

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

1
day
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 24th (Mon), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Onna-son journey planning website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in June: high temperatures in Onna-son hover around 85°F and lows are around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Kids will enjoy Aragusuku Beach and Yonaha Maehama Beach. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Miyakojima holiday builder site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima takes 3.5 hours. June in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Take a break from the city and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. Bring the kids along to Funauki Village and Nakano Beach. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima day trip planning app .

Traveling by ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 4 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

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 1st (Mon): stroll through Yonehara Beach, then get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary planning site .

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. June in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 81°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Kyoto takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kyoto, with lows of 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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