18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Kansai International Airport, Drive to Koya-cho
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Kagoshima, Train to Kumamoto, Drive to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Bus to Fukuoka, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tanabe
— 1 night
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 3 nights
Fly

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Koya-cho

— 1 night
On the 3rd (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Danjo Garan and then stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, and then examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Koya-cho route tool.

Vancouver, Canada to Koya-cho is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in April: high temperatures in Koya-cho hover around 20°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 4:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yakusugi Land. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Koya-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In April, Yakushima-cho is a bit warmer than Koya-cho - with highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:

Takachiho-cho

— 2 nights
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine and then go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho road trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of ferry, train, and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 12°C in Takachiho-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shimojishima Island and Kurima Bridge. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Yabiji. The adventure continues: stroll through Aragusuku Beach, make a trip to East Henna Cape, snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Takachiho-cho to Miyakojima takes 7.5 hours. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in April, expect Miyakojima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki. Get outdoors at Kondoi Beach and Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. And it doesn't end there: stop by Yurateiku Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki online travel planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In April in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can fly to Tanabe.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:

Tanabe

— 1 night
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
On the 15th (Fri), trek along Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tanabe attractions planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Tanabe in 4 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in April, expect Tanabe to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Tanabe

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seiganto-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and then don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho driving holiday site.

Drive from Tanabe to Nachikatsura-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:

Takayama

— 3 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 18th (Mon), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally don't miss a visit to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Kanda house, get great views at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, and then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Takayama takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Takayama when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.