19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  13​h
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  45​min
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Nakijin-son
— 3 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + Fly + taxi:  11​h
Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
Niseko-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Hakodate
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Perth

3
nights
Ishigaki

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.
Get outdoors at Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yurateiku Market and Kannonzaki Lighthouse. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, contemplate the long history of Ishigaki Yaima Village, stroll through Yonehara Beach, and see the interesting displays at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki online tour planner .

Perth, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Perth in January, you will find days in Ishigaki are colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
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Yurateiku Market ©
Yurateiku Market
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Attractions like Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get outdoors at Kouri Island and Irabu-jima Island. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Atarasu Ichiba, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Shimoji-jima Island.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip builder tool .

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in an hour. In January in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nakijin-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

3
nights
Nakijin-son

Nakijin-son ©
Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
On the 15th (Tue), shop like a local with Onna Station Nakayukui Market, identify plant and animal life at Cape Manzamo, and then step off the mainland to explore Kouri-jima Island. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Emerald Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, and then contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Remains.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nakijin-son day trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Miyakojima to Nakijin-son. Traveling from Miyakojima in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Nakijin-son. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Onna-son
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Kouri-jima Island ©
Kouri-jima Island
Emerald Beach ©
Emerald Beach
Nakijin Castle Remains ©
Nakijin Castle Remains

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Yakusugi Land and Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Janokuchinotaki Falls and Yakushima Local Produce Processing and Marketing Center. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho trip builder website .

Do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and taxi from Nakijin-son to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Traveling from Nakijin-son in January, expect Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho to be slightly colder, temps between 13°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

#Nature, #Parks, #Trails
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

2
nights
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
On the 22nd (Tue), hit the slopes at Rusutsu Resort Ski and then explore the activities along Lake Toya. On your second day here, fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Niseko-cho vacation planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho to Niseko-cho. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho in January; daily highs in Niseko-cho reach -3°C and lows reach -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, Rusutsu Resort Ski, Lake Toya
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Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi, and finally look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hakodate trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Niseko-cho to Hakodate takes 3 hours. In January in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
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Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse ©
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

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