19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Train to Osaka Kansai, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Kagoshima, Train to Kumamoto, Drive to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Bus to Kumamoto, Fly to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Kyoto

— 3 nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Head to Dotombori District and Nishiki Market Shopping Districtfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Gion, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto itinerary planning site.

Charlotte, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 8 — 11:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 1 night
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho vacation builder website.

Getting from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 66°F in Nachikatsura-cho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Hirakubozaki and Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. Visiting Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and look for gifts at Yurateiku Market.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Nachikatsura-cho to Ishigaki takes 8.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in May, with highs in Ishigaki at 84°F and lows at 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 12 — 15:

Iriomote-jima

— 1 night
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 16th (Mon), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 15 — 16:
Highlights from your trip

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, stroll through Sunayama Beach, and then see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Miyakojima day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. May in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:

Onna-son

— 2 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, then stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Blue Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Nirai Beach, and then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Onna-son trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Miyakojima in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 69°F in Onna-son. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 20:

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.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho driving holiday planning website.

You can fly from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Yakushima-cho when traveling from Onna-son in May, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

Takachiho-cho

— 1 night
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, and then take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, train, and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 22 — 23:

Tokyo

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): visit Odaiba District, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and then make a trip to Shibuya Crossing. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and then take a stroll through Ginza.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Takachiho-cho to Tokyo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In May in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:

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.