12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Sunayama Beach and Nakanoshima Beach. The adventure continues: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, enjoy breathtaking views from Makiyama Observatory, and take in the pleasant sights at Nishihenna Cape.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima day trip planning app.

Minsk, Belarus to Miyakojima is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Minsk to Miyakojima. When traveling from Minsk in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Miyakojima: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, then explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Euglena Mall, then look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, then stop by Taketomi Submarine Hot Spring, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, take in nature's colorful creations at Kyoto Botanical Garden, then stroll through Mt. Kurama, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kifune Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Genkoan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Kyoto Railway Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Kyoto in 6.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in July, Kyoto is little chillier at night with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Tokyo

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Ueno District. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

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.