17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  16​h
1
Ishigaki
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
4
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Takayama
— 1 night
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Biei-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Teshikaga-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Shari-cho
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  9​h
10
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 30​min
11
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Chennai

1
night
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.
You've now added Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River to your itinerary. On the 4th (Sun), make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and then head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, walk around Kabira Park, stroll around Banna Park, then take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki road trip planning tool .

Chennai, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Traveling from Chennai to Ishigaki, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chennai in August, plan for little chillier days in Ishigaki, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Park ©
Kabira Park
Nishi Pier ©
Nishi Pier

1
night
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
For other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Tours
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2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You've now added Ikema Ohashi Bridge to your itinerary. On your second day here, snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally take in the views from Kurima Bridge.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Kurima Bridge ©
Kurima Bridge

2
nights
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Koyasan Kondomae, make a trip to Hojoin Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saito, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongosanmaiin, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Sasanotaki, Head underground at Toro Cave, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokiin.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Koya-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. August in Koya-cho sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Tenkawa-mura, Totsukawa-mura
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Torodo Temple ©
Torodo Temple
Kongosanmaiin ©
Kongosanmaiin
Jokiin ©
Jokiin

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Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 11th (Sun), stop by Katsuura Nigiwai Market, head off the coast to Kinomatsushima Island, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudarakusanji Temple, and finally explore the activities along Nachi Forest.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Koya-cho to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Nachikatsura-cho, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Nature Parks Spas
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Kinomatsushima Island ©
Kinomatsushima Island
Nachi Forest ©
Nachi Forest
Fudarakusanji Temple ©
Fudarakusanji Temple

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiouji Temple, then go for a walk through Norikura Summit Tatamidaira, then see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Shokawa-Zakura.

Plan trip to Takayama with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Takayama takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in August, Takayama is a bit cooler at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites
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Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum
Daiouji Temple ©
Daiouji Temple

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Biei-cho

Biei-cho ©
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the activities along Taisetsu Asahidake Gensui, take in panoramic vistas at Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower, take in the dramatic scenery at Fudo no Taki Waterfal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Biei Shrine, then relax in the rural setting at Biei Farm, and finally take a peaceful walk through Biruke no Mori.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Biei-cho online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Takayama to Biei-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, Biei-cho is a bit cooler than Takayama - with highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Taisetsu Asahidake Gensui
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Biei Shrine ©
Biei Shrine
Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower ©

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Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore by horseback at Kawayu Park Ranch, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mashu, stroll around Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park, then get a taste of life in the country at Watanabe Experience Farm, then take in panoramic vistas at Lake Mashu First Observatory, and finally hike along Wakoto Natural Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Teshikaga-cho holiday planning tool .

Getting from Biei-cho to Teshikaga-cho by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Biei-cho, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Teshikaga-cho, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Mt. Mashu ©
Mt. Mashu
Lake Mashu First Observatory ©
Lake Mashu First Observatory
Watanabe Experience Farm ©
Watanabe Experience Farm

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Onnebetsu River, then stroll around Pereke River Shore Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shari, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kita no Alp Art Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Shari-cho trip planner .

Getting from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. In August in Shari-cho, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Museums
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Pereke River Shore Park ©
Pereke River Shore Park

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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.
On the 16th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Isso Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Yahazu Cape. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake, admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mocchomudake, and finally get answers to all your questions at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center.

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

Getting from Shari-cho to Yakushima-cho by combination of taxi and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car, flight, and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shari-cho in August: high temperatures in Yakushima-cho hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach
Mt. Mocchomudake ©
Mt. Mocchomudake

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): stroll around Nyuta Nakashima Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Shiramizu Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine, then take in the pleasant sights at Takachihokyo Passage, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho tour itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Taketa
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Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine

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