9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Taketomi-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 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.
On the 11th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, then get outside with Yonehara Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, then kick back and relax at Akashi Beach, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Ishigaki is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Western Indonesia Time to Japan Standard Time is 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Jakarta in March, with highs in Ishigaki at 26°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 12:

Taketomi-jima

— 2 nights
A tiny island in the Yae-yama archipelago, Taketomi-jima enjoys popularity as a beach getaway, best known for its stretches of "star sand"--sand made up of tiny star-shaped exoskeletons of ancient fossils.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach, then head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Nagomi Tower.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Taketomi-jima day trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Taketomi-jima in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

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 14th (Tue): kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, then head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, and finally kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Taketomi-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. March in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, then take a stroll through Dotombori District, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip site.

Getting from Miyakojima to Kyoto by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in March, expect nights in Kyoto to be cooler, around 5°C, while days are slightly colder, around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:

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.