17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 1 night
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Iriomote-jima — 1 night

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima visit site.

Boston, USA to Iriomote-jima is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Iriomote-jima is 14 hours. Traveling from Boston in June, expect nights in Iriomote-jima to be warmer, around 81°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 89°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.
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Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
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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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and identify plant and animal life at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble.

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

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.
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Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Motobu-cho — 1 night

Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, then kick back and relax at Emerald Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Bisezaki.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho travel route planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5 hours. June in Motobu-cho sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches · Outdoors
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Hiroshima — 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 16th (Sun), make a trip to Miyajima. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

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

Getting from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Motobu-cho in June, things will get slightly colder in Hiroshima: highs are around 79°F and lows about 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
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Kyoto — 4 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 out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online visit planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). Have a day of magic on the 23rd (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, observe the fascinating underwater world at Tokyo Sea Life Park, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online travel route planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Side Trip
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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.
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