14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cebu City, Cebu Island
Fly + Train:  8 h 15 min
1
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Hakodate
— 1 night
+2
Train + Fly + Taxi:  6 h 45 min
3
Shari-cho
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  9 h
4
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  45 min
5
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Cebu City, Cebu Island

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 23rd (Tue), steep yourself in history at Kita Family House, then take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, then browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally wander the streets of Nagamachi District.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner .

Cebu City, Philippines to Kanazawa is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Philippines Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Cebu City in October, expect nights in Kanazawa to be cooler, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Beaches Shopping

Side Trips

Kita Family House, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Ninja Temple ©
Ninja Temple
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 25th (Thu), browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, get to know the fascinating history of Onuma Park Walking Path, then look for gifts at Hakodate Tsutaya Books, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappistine Monasteries. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, then make a trip to Hachimanzaka, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Hakodate online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kanazawa to Hakodate takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kanazawa in October, with highs in Hakodate at 18°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Hakodate Tsutaya Books ©
Hakodate Tsutaya Books
Hakodate Orthodox Church ©
Hakodate Orthodox Church

1
night
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
On the 27th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, then go for a stroll along the water at Shiretoko Beach, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Oronko Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, then admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and then take a stroll through Utoro Onsen.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Shari-cho trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Hakodate to Shari-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Shari-cho can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Beaches
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Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach
Oronko Rock ©
Oronko Rock
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall

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 in touch with nature at Kondoi Beach and Kaiji Beach. Family-friendly places like Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island) and Yonehara Beach will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ishigaki: Iriomote-jima (Nakano Beach & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). The adventure continues: enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Shari-cho to Ishigaki in 9 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and flight. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Shari-cho in October, with highs in Ishigaki at 34°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Iriomote-jima, Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island)
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Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island) ©
Nakano Beach ©
Nakano Beach
Kaiji Beach ©
Kaiji Beach

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yabiji and Toguchi no Hama. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tomori Imugya Beach, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, explore the activities along Toriike Pond, and head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Tomori Imugya Beach ©
Tomori Imugya Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

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