25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly + Train:  18​h 15​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  5​h
4
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  4​h
8
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1​h
9
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Dublin

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Toji and Nishi Honganji. Visit Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the striking features of Jishu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour planning tool .

Dublin, Ireland to Kyoto is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Dublin to Kyoto, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dublin in September, you will find days in Kyoto are much hotter (33°C), and nights are a bit warmer (23°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka Castle, Jishu Shrine
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Toji ©
Toji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally explore the activities along Kajitorizaki.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in September since evenings lows in Nachikatsura-cho dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kajitorizaki
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Ainokura Gassho Community. Get some cultural insight at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory and Oyama Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). There's more to do: stroll through Gongenmori Beach and steep yourself in history at Kinkengu Shrine.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Kanazawa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in September, Kanazawa is slightly colder at night with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Kinkengu Shrine, Gongenmori Beach, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community

2
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyama Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hatsukaichi vacation maker site .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Hatsukaichi in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Hatsukaichi can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

1
night
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 18th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho visit planning site .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hatsukaichi to Yakushima-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Trails
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley

2
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Diamond Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nakijin Castle Ruins and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Nanjo (Hamagawa Utaki & Sefa-Utaki) and Kouri-jima Island (in Nakijin-son). There's still lots to do: stroll through Manza Beach, explore the striking landscape at Cape Manzamo, get a taste of the local shopping with Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hyakuna Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Onna-son online tour builder .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nanjo, Hyakuna Beach, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Nakijin Castle Ruins
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visit Aragusuku Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Toguchi no Hama, kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, and make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Miyakojima trip planner .

Getting from Onna-son to Miyakojima by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step off the beaten path and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Iriomote Island. Get in touch with nature at Ida no Hama Beach and Nakano Beach. There's still lots to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi, and admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip builder site .

Getting from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Kayaking & Canoeing
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stroll through Yonehara Beach, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): stroll through Kondoi Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Banna Park.

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Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. On the 1st (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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