18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  34​h
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  5​h
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Perth

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Koyasan Reihokan Museum and Asuka-dera Temple. Museum-lovers will appreciate Nojima Fault Preservation Museum and National Museum of Ethnology. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Tanzan Shrine (in Sakurai) and Yoshikien (in Nara). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinomiya Shrine, take a stroll through Kitashinchi, make a trip to Orange Street, and take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Osaka holiday planner.

Perth, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Osaka when traveling from Perth in October, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tanzan Shrine, Koyasan Reihokan Museum, Nishinomiya Shrine, Yoshikien, Asuka-dera Temple
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Koyasan Reihokan Museum ©
Koyasan Reihokan Museum
Nishinomiya Shrine ©
Nishinomiya Shrine
Tanzan Shrine ©
Tanzan Shrine

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall, enjoy the sand and surf at Todomari Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, then get outside with Iriomotejima Kaigetsu, and finally contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Osaka to Iriomote-jima. Traveling from Osaka in October, expect Iriomote-jima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Mizuochi Falls ©
Mizuochi Falls

2
nights
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.
On the 26th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, then examine the collection at Taketomi Folk Art Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip builder website .

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi ©
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi

1
night
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
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.
On the 28th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Kushifuru Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho online journey builder .

Getting from Ishigaki to Takachiho-cho by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. In October, Takachiho-cho is little chillier than Ishigaki - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature
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Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Kushifuru Shrine ©
Kushifuru Shrine

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): head outdoors with Isso Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaku Shrine, and then examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Tashiro Beach, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls.

Find out how to plan Yakushima-cho trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho by combination of train, flight, and taxi takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Yakushima-cho, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach

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 discover tucked-away gems like Jojakkoji Temple and Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple. Get some historical perspective at Ishiyamadera Temple and Hosenin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura (in Nantan) and Miho Museum (in Koka). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Honen-in, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nenenokomichi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jingoji Temple, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hiei.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Yakushima-cho to Kyoto in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Yakushima-cho in October since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura, Ishiyamadera Temple, Miho Museum
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Ishiyamadera Temple ©
Ishiyamadera Temple
Miho Museum ©
Miho Museum
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 3rd (Sun), explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, head outdoors with Nagamahama Beach Coast, take a memorable tour with Tours, examine the collection at Miyakojima City Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyako Shrine, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Nakasone Toyumya Tomb. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Tomb of Chirimaya Tuimiya, stroll the grounds of Atonma Tomb, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ammama Utaki, head outdoors with Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Miyakojima Sea Treasure Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima visit planning website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Kyoto in November, you will find days in Miyakojima are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are warmer (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Nagamahama Beach Coast ©
Nagamahama Beach Coast

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