15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry
2
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
4
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Yakushima-cho
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
Fly
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Matsue
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki — 2 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 Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Kondoi Beach. Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, stroll around Kabira Park, get outside with Kaiji Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip planner.

London, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Ishigaki, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, expect Ishigaki to be much hotter, temps between 37°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.
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Iriomote-jima — 1 night

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 5th (Tue), get interesting insight from Tours, then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima holiday maker website.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, then step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally identify plant and animal life at Yabiji. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, get outside with Aragusuku Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and finally don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

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You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In September in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Onna-son.
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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.
On the 8th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins, step into the grandiose world of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, then get a new perspective on nature at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Cape Maeda, Head underground at Blue Cave, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Onna-son day trip website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Onna-son can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, trek along Seibu Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, and finally don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. September in Yakushima-cho sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Koya-cho.
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:

Koya-cho — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Okunoin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho trip planner.

Fly from Yakushima-cho to Koya-cho in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Matsue.
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Matsue — 3 nights

Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Inasa Beach, enjoy the sea views from Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hinomisaki Shrine, then make a trip to Former Taisha Station, and finally get advice or help at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamosu Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Miho Shrine.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Matsue trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Koya-cho to Matsue in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Koya-cho in September, plan for little chillier nights in Matsue, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Japan travel guide

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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.
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