18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
2
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
3
Onna-son
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
4
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  6​h
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
End: Tokyo

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall, look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima trip itinerary tool .

Tokyo to Iriomote-jima is an approximately 9-hour flight. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Iriomote-jima, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Wasurenaishi ©
Wasurenaishi

3
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House. Visiting Yabiji and Tomori Imugya Beach will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: get outside with Sea Sky Hakuai, enjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast, hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Nakasone Toyumya Tomb.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Yabiji
Yabiji
Tomori Imugya Beach ©
Tomori Imugya Beach

1
night
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 2nd (Thu), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo. Keep things going the next day: get your game on at Forest Adventure in Onna, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, then kick back and relax at Diamond Beach, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Kemmin no Mori Forest Science Museum.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Onna-son day trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son takes 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Onna-son when traveling from Miyakojima in April, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Sat), stroll through Yakusugi Land. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake, then see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mocchomudake.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Mt. Mocchomudake ©
Mt. Mocchomudake

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
The Railway Museum and Asakusa Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Takao and Meguro River. There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, explore the engaging exhibits at KidZania Tokyo, take a stroll through Ueno, and make a trip to Nezu Shrine.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planner .

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Tokyo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Yakushima-cho in April since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

The Railway Museum, Mt. Takao
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo

4
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 Mt. Yoshino and Nanzen-ji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Dotonbori about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Dotonbori, Mt. Yoshino
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple

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