10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kathmandu
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Miyakojima
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h
4
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Kathmandu

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Shop till you drop at Ginza and Harajuku Takeshita-dori. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka, about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Odaiba, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip app .

Kathmandu, Nepal to Tokyo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Kathmandu to Tokyo. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kathmandu in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Appreciate the collections at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Nara Park in Nara, approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Dotonbori, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online journey planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Dotonbori
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
day
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 4th (Mon), kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Kyoto to Miyakojima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, tram, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Miyakojima, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): examine the collection at MInsah Kogei Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach, then Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Sukuji Bathing Beach, and then explore the activities along Kabira Bay.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ishigaki trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

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