19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  22​h
1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  6​h
4
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 10th (Sat), visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, then get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and finally kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama. On the next day, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip planning website .

Lisbon, Portugal to Miyakojima is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from Lisbon to Miyakojima, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in April, expect Miyakojima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

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 12th (Mon): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, then Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In April in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 14th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Funauki Village, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima vacation builder .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

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 16th (Fri): make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins, kick back and relax at Diamond Beach, then shop like a local with Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins, then make a trip to Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and then get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Onna-son trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Onna-son. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nakijin Castle Ruins, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, Katsuren Castle Ruins
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

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 18th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, get outside with Seibu Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Seibu Trail ©
Seibu Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden. On your second day here, head off the coast to Miyajima, then stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, then see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima sightseeing planner.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Hiroshima. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
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3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Gion and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kyoto trip simple and quick.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): wander the streets of Odaiba and then get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then wander the streets of Takeshita Street, and finally see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum

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