19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Hakodate
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  45 min
4
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
5
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
+4
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly + Taxi:  10 h 45 min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  6 h 15 min
7
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: London

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take a stroll around Hakodate Community Design Center, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, then get to know the fascinating history of Onuma Park Walking Path, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappistine Monasteries. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, steep yourself in history at Iai Kindergarten, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hakodate itinerary builder site .

London, UK to Hakodate is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Hakodate. In October, daytime highs in Hakodate are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©

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.
Head to Dotonbori and Midosuji Streetfor plenty of shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tofuku-ji Temple and Yasaka Shrine. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Hakodate to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakodate in October: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 27°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aragusuku Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. Visit Sunayama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, stroll through Toguchi no Hama, and explore the striking landscape at Boraga Limestone Cave.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima travel route planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. In October, Miyakojima is a bit warmer than Kyoto - with highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku 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 12th (Fri), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, then stop by Nanapito Hompo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Iriomote Island will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hoshisuna Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, stroll through Nakano Beach, admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, and contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima vacation site .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): kick back and relax at Isso Beach and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

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You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi from Iriomote-jima to Yakushima-cho in 11 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Iriomote-jima in October: high temperatures in Yakushima-cho hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach

2
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.
Head to Ginza and Omotesandofor plenty of shopping. Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Minato Mirai 21 (in Yokohama) and Ghibli Museum (in Mitaka). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and shop like a local with Asakusa.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Tokyo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. In October, Tokyo is little chillier than Yakushima-cho - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Minato Mirai 21, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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