11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  38​h
1
Teshikaga-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  7​h
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  45​min
4
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry:  3​h 15​min
5
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  36​h
End: Cape Town

1
night
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
On the 19th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Iouzan, then admire the sheer force of Lake Mashu, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Lake Kussharo.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Teshikaga-cho trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Teshikaga-cho is an approximately 38-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Cape Town to Teshikaga-cho. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in July: high temperatures in Teshikaga-cho hover around 28°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Nature Parks
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Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Lake Kussharo ©
Lake Kussharo
Mt. Io ©
Mt. Io

2
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
On the 20th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko, then admire the sheer force of Furepe Waterfall, then explore the striking landscape at Oronko Rock( Godzilla Rock), and finally admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin no Taki Falls.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Shari-cho trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Furepe Waterfall ©
Furepe Waterfall
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls

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 21st (Sat): snap pictures at Irabu Bridge and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunayama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchinohama, and then head off the coast to Shimoji-jima Island.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Shari-cho to Miyakojima takes 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Shari-cho in July; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 37°C and lows reach 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Nature
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

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 24th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip builder.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in an hour. July in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Taketomicho Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Barasu Island, kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Taketomicho Iriomote-jima vacation trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Ishigaki to Taketomicho Iriomote-jima with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Barasu Island ©
Barasu Island
Kayaking & Canoeing

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