19 days in Japan & Hokkaido Itinerary

19 days in Japan & Hokkaido Itinerary

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19 days in Japan & Hokkaido Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
3
Onna-son
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
7
Shari-cho
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Portland


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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get outside with Sunayama Beach, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, then kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima tour itinerary planner .

Portland, USA to Miyakojima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. When traveling from Portland in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Miyakojima, with highs around 87°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach

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.
On the 10th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins, shop like a local with Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then browse the different shops at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, and then view the masterpieces at Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Onna-son trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Ishigaki to Onna-son in 5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Shopping Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nakijin Castle Ruins, Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 14th (Sun), appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, then examine the collection at Yamato Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima journey builder tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Hiroshima in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Onna-son in June, things will get slightly colder in Hiroshima: highs are around 79°F and lows about 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kure
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

4
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tenryuji Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kodai-ji Temple. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Dotonbori in Osaka--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanzen-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto day trip app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Dotonbori
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

4
nights
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.
Let the collections at Pola Museum of Art and KidZania Tokyo capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nezu Shrine and Edo-Tokyo Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, examine the collection at Fire Museum, get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, and steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Pola Museum of Art
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Tokyo to Shari-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in June, with highs in Shari-cho at 63°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall

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