15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ise
— 1 night
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive to Komatsu Airport / JASDF Komatsu Air Base, Fly to Los Angeles

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Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Ikema-jima Island. Step out of the city life by going to Toguchi no Hama and Irabu-jima Island. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Kouri Island, make a trip to East Henna Cape, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima tour itinerary planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Miyakojima is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Los Angeles in April since evenings lows in Miyakojima dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Todomari Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:

Ishigaki

— 3 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kaiji Beach and Kondoi Beach. The adventure continues: get great views at Cape Ongazaki, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki road trip planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In April in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 8:

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
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 9th (Sat): make a trip to Wilson Stump, take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, then make a trip to Taikoiwa, then admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, and finally walk around Shakunagenomori Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho travel route planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Yakushima-cho in 9 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Ishigaki in April: high temperatures in Yakushima-cho hover around 71°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can fly to Ise.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

Ise

— 1 night
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, don't miss a visit to Oharai-machi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meotoiwa Rocks.

For maps and more tourist information, refer to the Ise day trip tool.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Ise in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. When traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ise: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudarakusanji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Soo-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and finally explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho day trip planner.

Getting from Ise to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in April, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:

Shirakawa-mura

— 1 night
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
On the 14th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Kanda house, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, then take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, and finally contemplate the long history of Shirakawago.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Shirakawa-mura trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Shirakawa-mura takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 45°F in Shirakawa-mura. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.