9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + Drive:  21​h 45​min
1
Kuro-shima
— 1 day
Travel:  2​h 15​min
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Kumejima-cho
— 1 night
+4
ferry + foot + train + Fly + taxi:  8​h
4
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
5
Kyoto
— 1 day
train + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

1
day
Kuro-shima

Kuro-shima
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Fuki Beach, then stroll through Nakamoto Beach, and then kick back and relax at Nishinohama.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kuro-shima Taketomi-cho day trip planning app .

Los Angeles, USA to Kuro-shima Taketomi-cho is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kuro-shima Taketomi-cho, with lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Taketomicho Iriomote-jima.

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Parks Beaches Outdoors
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2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Hoshisuna Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read Taketomicho Iriomote-jima trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kuro-shima Taketomi-cho to Taketomicho Iriomote-jima. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in April, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kumejima-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

1
night
Kumejima-cho

Kumejima-cho ©
The town of Kumejima-cho spans several islands, including the main island of the same name.
On the 6th (Sat), see the vivid underwater world at Tonbara, then step off the mainland to explore Hatenohama, and then explore the striking landscape at Torinokuchi Rock.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kumejima-cho trip website .

Getting from Taketomicho Iriomote-jima to Kumejima-cho by combination of ferry, flight, and taxi takes about 5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kumejima-cho

Parks Nature Beaches
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Hatenohama ©
Hatenohama

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 7th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, then take a stroll through Wilson Stump, and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho attractions app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kumejima-cho to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, ferry, and car. Traveling from Kumejima-cho in April, expect Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho to be little chillier, temps between 71°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Gion, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto visit website .

Getting from Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho to Kyoto by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Traveling from Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho in April, Kyoto is little chillier at night with lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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