17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  5 h
3
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+4
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  11 h 15 min
4
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h
5
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
6
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  19 h 15 min
End: Newark

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Odaiba and Senso-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Ginza, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Newark, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Newark to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Newark in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 58°F and lows are around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Ginza ©
Ginza
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Heian Shrine and Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): kick back and relax at Nagata Inakahama, don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Taikoiwa. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get answers to all your questions at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and then get outside with Yakusugi Land.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho online itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Kyoto to Yakushima-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. In March, Yakushima-cho is a bit warmer than Kyoto - with highs of 63°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

1
night
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 31st (Wed), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Keep things going the next day: find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, get outside with Hoshisuna Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima road trip site.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry from Yakushima-cho to Iriomote-jima in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yakushima-cho in March, with highs in Iriomote-jima at 73°F and lows at 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 1:
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and finally stroll around Kabira Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Kondoi Beach, stop by Yurateiku Market, and then glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

Start your trip to Ishigaki by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the views from Kurima Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, get outside with Toguchi no Hama, then head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, and finally see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, head outdoors with Sunayama Beach, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and finally make a trip to East Henna Cape.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima holiday tool.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hiroshima travel planning website.

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. Traveling from Miyakojima in April, expect Hiroshima to be little chillier, temps between 67°F and 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

Similar Plans

19 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights Preferences: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Fast-paced 19 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 18 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: June, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM FRANCE November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 19 days in Japan BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND December, kids, culture, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: December, kids, culture, historic sites, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 19 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 20 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM CANADA November, culture, relaxing, historic sites, hidden gems Preferences: November, culture, relaxing, historic sites Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 19 days in Japan BY A USER FROM JAPAN March, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, historic sites, museums, popular sights Preferences: April, culture, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM GERMANY April, fast-paced, hidden gems Preferences: April Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 18 days in Japan BY A USER FROM MEXICO September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans