14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Shari-cho
— 3 nights
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing and then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online holiday planner.

Birmingham, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Birmingham to Tokyo. While traveling from Birmingham, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can fly to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Shari-cho

— 3 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shiretoko Misaki and Lake Mashu. Step out of Shari-cho with an excursion to Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory in Teshikaga-cho--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, and take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Shari-cho trip website.

Fly from Tokyo to Shari-cho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in September, expect Shari-cho to be slightly colder, temps between 67°F and 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

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 10th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunayama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and then don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, make a trip to East Henna Cape, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima road trip planning app.

Getting from Shari-cho to Miyakojima by flight takes about 7 hours. When traveling from Shari-cho in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Miyakojima, with highs around 87°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:

Iriomote-jima

— 1 night
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): head off the coast to Iriomote Island and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 4 hours. In September in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
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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 13th (Tue), take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and then stroll around Banna Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then explore and take pictures at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

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Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in September, and nighttime lows around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, visit Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation maker website.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. In September, Kyoto is little chillier than Ishigaki - with highs of 83°F and lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:

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.

Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.