16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Nikko
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Train to Kita-Kenju Station, Fly to Paris

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Island Countryside Settlement and Kuroshima Research Institute. We've included these beaches for you: Nakamoto Beach and Maezato Beach. Explore Ishigaki's surroundings by going to Iko Pier (in Kuro-shima) and Kohama-jima (Hairumubushi Beach, Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island), &more). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, stroll through Nosoko Forest Road, take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, and fulfill a lifelong dream with Dolphin Fantasy Ishigakijima.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki holiday maker app.

Paris, France to Ishigaki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Paris to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Paris in October, with highs in Ishigaki at 34°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll get in some beach time at Todomari Beach and Nakano Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shirahama Port and Mizuochi Falls. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Geta Waterfall, steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Iriomote-jima online tour planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nakanoshima Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yukishio Museum and Miyakojima City Museum. There's much more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, admire the masterpieces at Keiko Art Museunin Miyakojima, Okinawa, don't miss a visit to Sabautsuga, and examine the collection at Underground Dam Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima holiday planning site.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4 hours. November in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Museums · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 9:

Onna-son

— 3 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Yomitanzanyaki Kitagama and Sakima Art Museum. Urasoe Castle Ruins and Miigusuku will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Naha (Naha Municipal Tsuboya pottery Museum & Aeon Naha Shopping Center). There's much more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, see the vivid underwater world at Manza Dream Hole, stroll through Diamond Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tiger Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Onna-son sightseeing planning website.

Getting from Miyakojima to Onna-son by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Miyakojima in November, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Onna-son. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Onna-son

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:

Nikko

— 2 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Unryukeikoku Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Jakko Waterfall, make a trip to Narabi Jizo, get engrossed in the history at Kanaya Hotel History House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushido, and finally steep yourself in history at Hongu Shrine.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Onna-son to Nikko in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Onna-son in November, expect nights in Nikko to be slightly colder, around 13°C, while days are much colder, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 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.