17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly + Bus:  19​h 45​min
1
Onna-son
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  5​h 30​min
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1​h
3
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Phoenix

3
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Manza Beach. Visit Nakijin Castle Ruins and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo), St. Clara Church (in Yonabaru-cho) and Kitanakagusuku-son (AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM & Nakagusuku Castle Ruins). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins, look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and kick back and relax at Kouri Beach.

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Phoenix, USA to Onna-son is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 16 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in March: highs in Onna-son hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Kitanakagusuku-son, Nakijin-son, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, Sefa-Utaki
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, head outdoors with Hoshisuna Beach, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Ida no Hama Beach, admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima in 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Onna-son in March since evenings lows in Iriomote-jima dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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.
On the 20th (Fri), get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, then Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and finally head outdoors with Kondoi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip maker tool .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. In March, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, then get outside with Toguchi no Hama, and finally snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

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

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 24th (Tue), appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, then examine the collection at Yamato Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. When traveling from Miyakojima in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Hiroshima, with highs around 57°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. For shopping fun, head to Dotonbori or Nishiki Market Shopping District. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Ise Shrine Geku (in Ise). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, take in the exciting artwork at Asahiyaki, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary planning app .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Dotonbori, Asahiyaki, Ise Shrine Geku, Himeji Castle
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Toji ©
Toji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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