23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Hateruma-jima
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Onna-son
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h
5
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
6
Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Jakarta

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 some historical perspective at Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Yaima Village. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kondoi Beach and Kaiji Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Iriomote-jima (Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center & Funauki Village). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stroll through Banna Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki trip planner .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Ishigaki is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Jakarta in October: highs in Ishigaki hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hateruma-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Iriomote-jima
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

1
night
Hateruma-jima

Hateruma-jima ©
On the 6th (Sat), stroll through Cape Takanazaki, then pause for some photo ops at Monument of The Southernmost Part of Japn, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pemuchi Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Nishihama Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hateruma-jima trip builder tool .

You can drive from Ishigaki to Hateruma-jima in 2.5 hours. October in Hateruma-jima sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hateruma-jima

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Nishihama Beach ©
Nishihama Beach
Cape Takanazaki ©
Cape Takanazaki

3
nights
Miyakojima

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 Yonaha Maehama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sunayama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach. There's lots more to do: stroll through Aragusuku Beach, identify plant and animal life at Yabiji, contemplate the waterfront views at Toriike Pond, and snap pictures at Kurima Bridge.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hateruma-jima to Miyakojima. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

4
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Emerald Beach and Diamond Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Daisekirinzan (in Kunigami-son), Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo) and Nakijin-son (Kouri-jima Island & Nakijin Castle Remains). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naminoue-gu Shrine, kick back and relax at Manza Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Onna-son online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 1.5 hours. In October in Onna-son, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Naha, Sefa-Utaki, Emerald Beach, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yakusugi Land and Wilson Stump. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and make a trip to Jōmon Sugi.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho road trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, car, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. While traveling from Onna-son, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Yakushima-cho, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa

1
day
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Motsu-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takkoku no Iwaya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Konjiki-do, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hiraizumi-cho online attractions planner .

Explore your travel options from Yakushima-cho to Hiraizumi-cho with the Route module. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, things will get little chillier in Hiraizumi-cho: highs are around 20°C and lows about 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites
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Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Konjiki-do ©
Konjiki-do
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tofuku-ji Temple and Nigatsu-do Temple. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Nara Park in Nara, approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hiraizumi-cho to Kyoto. Traveling from Hiraizumi-cho in October, expect Kyoto to be somewhat warmer, temps between 27°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka Castle
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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