32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
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Hateruma-jima
— 1 night
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Onna-son
— 5 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Teshikaga-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Biei-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rebun-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
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Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Iriomote-jima is known for nature, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip planning site.

Brussels, Belgium to Iriomote-jima is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in July: highs in Iriomote-jima hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Ishigaki

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kuro-shima (Kuroshima Observatory, Nakamoto Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, get outside with Yonehara Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planning site.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 22:

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Miyakojima is known for beaches, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and get outside with Aragusuku Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hateruma-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 26:

Hateruma-jima

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Haterum Island Starlight Tower, appreciate the history behind Monument of The Southernmost Part of Japan, kick back and relax at Pemuchi Beach, then take in the waterfront at Hateruma Port, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nishihama Beach, and finally make a trip to Hateruma Post Office.

To see photos and tourist information, read our Hateruma-jima itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Miyakojima to Hateruma-jima with the Route module. July in Hateruma-jima sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Hateruma-jima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 27:

Onna-son

— 5 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Change things up with these side-trips from Onna-son: Nanjo (Cape Chinen Park, Ojima Island, &more), Naha (Kokusaidori & Shurijo Castle) and Motobu-cho (Gorilla Chop, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Manza Beach, get outside with Akabaka Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Onna-son attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hateruma-jima to Onna-son. July in Onna-son sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — Aug 1:

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
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 2nd (Mon), don't miss a visit to Diosugi, don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi, make a trip to Taikoiwa, take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, then make a trip to Wilson Stump, and finally head outdoors with Nagata Inakahama.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho vacation planner.

Getting from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In August in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

Shari-cho

— 4 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.
When in Shari-cho, make a side trip to see Shiretoko Highway in Rausu-cho, approximately Rausu-cho away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula, take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, and enjoy the sand and surf at Shiretoko Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho trip maker.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Shari-cho in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Yakushima-cho in August; daily highs in Shari-cho reach 26°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 7:

Teshikaga-cho

— 1 night
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get a taste of life in the country at Watanabe Experience Farm, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kussharo, witness a stunning natural landmark at Lake Kussharo Sand Bath, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io, then take in panoramic vistas at Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mashu.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Teshikaga-cho trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Spas · Baths
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 8:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Biei-cho: Nakafurano-cho (Choei Lavender Farm, Farm Tomita, &more), Higashikawa-cho (Asahidake Ropeway, Asahi-dake, &more) and Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Shirogane Blue Pond, admire the natural beauty at Zerubunoka Atomunooka, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shikisai no Oka, and admire the sheer force of Shirahige Falls.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Biei-cho online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Teshikaga-cho to Biei-cho in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rebun-cho.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

Rebun-cho

— 2 nights
On the 12th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Rebuncho Local Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Momoiwa Observation Deck, get your bearings at Kafuka Port Ferry Terminal, don't miss a visit to Kita no Canaria Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Takayama Botanical Garden, and finally head off the coast to Rebun Island. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Shima no Hito Rebun Island Honten, then take some stellar pictures from Sukoton Cape, and then make a trip to Sky cape.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Rebun-cho trip planner.

Drive from Biei-cho to Rebun-cho in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Biei-cho in August, you will find days in Rebun-cho are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Rebun-cho

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Shakotan-cho

— 2 nights
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Cape Shakotan, take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Kamui, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shimamu Beach, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Misaki no Yu Shakotan, and finally explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Shakotan-cho tour itinerary builder site.

Getting from Rebun-cho to Shakotan-cho by car takes about 9.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

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.