17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
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Onna-son
— 2 nights
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Cardiff

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Kyoto

— 3 nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Toji. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, and contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

Cardiff, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cardiff in September; daily highs in Kyoto reach 33°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Yakushima-cho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Kyoto in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Yakushima-cho, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:
Highlights from your trip

Onna-son

— 2 nights
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 4th (Wed): stroll through Busena Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kariyushi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Diamond Beach. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on Japanguide Junko and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Onna-son day trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Nakasone Toyumya Tomb, then see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakanoshima Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

Ishigaki

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Take a break from the city and head to Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Akashi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Maezato Beach, and have fun at Yonekoyaki Craft Center.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In October in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:

Tokyo

— 3 nights
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.
On the 11th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sumida River, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, then take a stroll through Ginza, and finally look for gifts at Ginza Itoya Hontren.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:

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.