17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  8​h
4
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yabiji and Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, steep yourself in history at Tomori no Amai, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyako Shrine.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima journey builder website .

Sydney, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in September, you will find days in Miyakojima are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are much warmer (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Kanpiree Waterfall, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, then admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, then explore and take pictures at Utara Tanko, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima visit website .

Traveling by ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, then Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip website .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. In September in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Island Countryside Settlement
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Nosoko Mape ©
Nosoko Mape
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): make a trip to Kinomatsushima Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudarakusanji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, make a trip to Daimonzaka, contemplate the waterfront views at Nachi Forest, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and finally kick back and relax at Shichiri Mihama Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho trip planning website .

Getting from Ishigaki to Nachikatsura-cho by combination of flight and train takes about 8 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in September, with highs in Nachikatsura-cho at 32°C and lows at 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kumano Hayatama Taisha, Shichiri Mihama Beach
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Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Tenryuji Temple. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Food Tours about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online route maker .

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in September since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Food Tours
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ainokura Gassho Community and Zuiryuji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Natadera Temple (in Komatsu), Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community & Gokayama) and Maruoka Castle (in Sakai). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, and stop by Amanatto Kawamura.

For traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Nanto, Natadera Temple, Maruoka Castle, Zuiryuji Temple
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Zuiryuji Temple ©
Zuiryuji Temple
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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