16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
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Onna-son
— 3 nights
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
Fly
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Izumo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Teshikaga-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Shari-cho
— 1 night
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Kohama-jima (Hairumubushi Beach, Kubazaki Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, don't miss a visit to Yonagunike Old Residence, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki travel itinerary planner.

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg to Ishigaki is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Luxembourg City in September, things will get much hotter in Ishigaki: highs are around 37°C and lows about 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.
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Iriomote-jima — 1 night

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 5th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima travel route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.
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Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Miyakojima — 2 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Yabiji, kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach, then don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, then visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and finally head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima vacation planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Onna-son.
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Onna-son — 3 nights

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road and Cape Maeda. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Kadena-cho), Kafu Banta (in Uruma) and Motobu-cho (Bise Suigyusha, Emerald Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Manza Beach, make a trip to Ryugu no Shima, steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, and Head underground at Blue Cave.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Onna-son road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son takes 4 hours. In September, daytime highs in Onna-son are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.
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Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

Yakushima-cho — 1 night

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.
On the 12th (Tue), make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, then make a trip to Taikoiwa, and finally kick back and relax at Isso Beach.

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

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Izumo.
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Izumo — 2 nights

Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
On the 13th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, enjoy the sea views from Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, get outside with Inasa Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sogano Yashiro, and finally get engrossed in the history at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sada Shrine, don't miss a visit to Matsue Castle, walk around Lake Matsue Waterfront Park, then step off the mainland to explore Yomegashima Island, and finally explore the activities along Shinji Lake.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Izumo online trip planner.

Fly from Yakushima-cho to Izumo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Yakushima-cho in September; daily highs in Izumo reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Teshikaga-cho.
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Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Teshikaga-cho — 1 night

A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): wander the wide-open spaces of Watanabe Experience Farm, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io, then enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mashu.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Teshikaga-cho trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Izumo to Teshikaga-cho in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Izumo in September, expect Teshikaga-cho to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Shari-cho.
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Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Shari-cho — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:

Japan travel guide

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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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