26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  8​h 45​min
6
Shari-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Teshikaga-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
8
Shakotan-cho
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yonehara Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Ishigaki is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Explore hidden gems such as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Iriomote Island, take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls, kick back and relax at Nakano Beach, and make a trip to Heritiera Littoralis Tree of Nakama River.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Nakano Beach ©
Nakano Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Aragusuku Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Toguchi no Hama.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In October in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Minnajima Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Kouri-jima Island (in Nakijin-son), Cape Zampa (in Yomitan-son) and Okichan Theater (in Motobu-cho). There's more to do: shop like a local with Onna Station Nakayukui Market and enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Onna-son trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son takes 3.5 hours. In October in Onna-son, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Cape Zampa
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Minnajima Island ©
Minnajima Island
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cape Zampa ©
Cape Zampa

2
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Taikoiwa. Spend the 14th (Mon) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall and don't miss a visit to Kigensugi Cedar.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip maker website .

Getting from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Onna-son in October, you will find days in Yakushima-cho are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

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.
On the 15th (Tue), cruise along Road to Heaven, admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and then don't miss a visit to Shiretoko Misaki. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Shiretoko Beach and then explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Shari-cho online trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Shari-cho in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and car. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in October: high temperatures in Shari-cho hover around 16°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach
Road to Heaven ©
Road to Heaven

3
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Mashu and Mt. Mashu. Explore Teshikaga-cho's surroundings by going to Kaminoko Pond (in Kiyosato-cho) and Bihorotoge Lookout (in Bihoro-cho). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kussharo, hike along Wakoto Natural Trail, stroll through Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Teshikaga-cho trip planner .

Getting from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Kaminoko Pond, Bihorotoge Lookout
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Mt. Mashu ©
Mt. Mashu
Lake Kussharo ©
Lake Kussharo

1
day
Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho ©
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Cape Shakotan and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Kamui.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Shakotan-cho trip maker website .

Explore your travel options from Teshikaga-cho to Shakotan-cho with the Route module. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui
Cape Shakotan ©
Cape Shakotan

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