13 days in Japan Itinerary
13 days in Japan Itinerary
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
Bus to Furujima, Fly to Kyoto
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Mon, Sep 18 - Sat, Sep 30
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 19th (Tue): take in the views from Kurima Bridge, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji. On your second day here, make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, then don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.
For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip tool.
Adelaide, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Miyakojima. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Adelaide in September: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 36°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.
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Iriomote-jima — 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.On the 21st (Thu), admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Hoshisuna Beach, step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach.
To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima day trip planning tool.
Getting from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.
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Ishigaki — 1 night
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 23rd (Sat), get outside with Kondoi Beach, walk around Banna Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki.
For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip itinerary builder website.
Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. September in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Motobu-cho.
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Motobu-cho — 3 nights
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.Explore hidden gems such as Manza Beach and Bise no Fukugi Tree Road. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Emerald Beach and Bisezaki. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Onna-son (Cape Maeda, Blue Cave, &more) and Southeast Botanical Gardens (in Okinawa City). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Minnajima Island, contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.
To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Motobu-cho online holiday planner.
Do a combination of flight and ferry from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5 hours. In September in Motobu-cho, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.
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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.On the 27th (Wed), admire the striking features of Jishu Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Nijo Castle, then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and then take a stroll through Gion.
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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Kyoto in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Motobu-cho in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kyoto, with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 2 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.Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and finally admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.
For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.
Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Japan travel guide
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.