12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 2nd (Fri), explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, thenget outside with Toguchi no Hama, and finally take in the views from Irabu Ohashi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): make a trip to East Henna Cape, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, thenwalk around Imugya Marine Garden, and finally step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Miyakojima due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in July, things will get much hotter in Miyakojima: highs are around 37°C and lows about 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get outside with Sunset Beach, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, thenhead outdoors with Yonehara Beach, and finally stroll around Kabira Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, thenget to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, thenkick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 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 5th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): head off the coast to Barasu Island and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Funauki Village, kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, thenhead outdoors with Hoshisuna Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima day trip planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

2
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
On the 8th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins, thenexplore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, thenget a taste of the local shopping with Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, and then steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Onna-son trip planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son by flight takes about 6 hours. July in Onna-son sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Itoman, Shurijo Castle, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Nakagusuku Castle Ruins
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
The Tower of Himeyuri ©
The Tower of Himeyuri

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Gion, thenstep into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online visit planner.

You can fly from Onna-son to Kyoto in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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