11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14​h
1
Miyakojima
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Ferry:  1​h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
+4
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly + Train:  9​h 30​min
4
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Ise
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Takayama
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima day trip site .

San Francisco, USA to Miyakojima is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 71°F and lows are around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Shimojiiima Island ©
Shimojiiima Island

1
night
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 15th (Sun): kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and finally head outdoors with Kondoi Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In December in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

1
night
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima travel planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In December in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

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night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 17th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock, and finally examine the collection at Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall.

Discover how to plan a Nachikatsura-cho trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Iriomote-jima to Nachikatsura-cho. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Iriomote-jima in December, with highs in Nachikatsura-cho at 54°F and lows at 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock, Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall
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Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple

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Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 19th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, meet the residents at Toba Aquarium, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Ise trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ise: temperatures range from 49°F by day to 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Toba Aquarium
Highlights from your plan
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

1
night
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Happo Pond, take in the awesome beauty at Happoone, then take a stroll through Hakuba, then fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, and finally head outdoors with Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakuba-mura trip maker site .

Getting from Ise to Hakuba-mura by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in December, expect Hakuba-mura to be slightly colder, temps between 43°F and 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park ©
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park
Hakuba ©
Hakuba
Happoone ©
Happoone

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Old Toyama Folk House Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, don't miss a visit to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hida Kokubun-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kanda house, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally don't miss a visit to Hida Furukawa Old Town.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip planner .

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Takayama in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Hida Furukawa Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Kanda house ©
Kanda house

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