18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
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Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Fly
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Biei-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly

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Iriomote-jima

— 1 night
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, then head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima travel planning website.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Iriomote-jima is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Iriomote-jima is 6 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Riyadh in July: high temperatures in Iriomote-jima hover around 38°C and lows are around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

Ishigaki

— 2 nights
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 13th (Tue): head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and then take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aragusuku Beach and Irabu-jima Island. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:

Kyoto

— 2 nights
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.
On the 18th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally go for a walk through Gion. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:

Biei-cho

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Farm Tomita Lavender East and Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower. Get out of town with these interesting Biei-cho side-trips: Nakafurano-cho (Farm Tomita & Saika no sato), Campana Rokkatei (in Furano) and Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho). There's still lots to do: stroll through Shikisai no Oka, take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake, view the masterpieces at Takushinkan, and stroll around Shinei no Oka Tenbo Koen.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Biei-cho road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Biei-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, Biei-cho is a bit cooler than Kyoto - with highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:

Shari-cho

— 2 nights
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 23rd (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, then admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and finally make a trip to Shiretoko Misaki. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rausu, take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Shari-cho trip planner.

Getting from Biei-cho to Shari-cho by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Biei-cho in July, you will find days in Shari-cho are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:

Tokyo

— 3 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Akihabara, then wander the streets of Odaiba District, and then make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip planning site.

Fly from Shari-cho to Tokyo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Shari-cho - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.