12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Onna-son
— 2 nights
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 1 night
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Shimogamo Jinja and Nijo Castle. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Hankyu Umeda Honten (in Osaka) and Minami (Namba) (in Namba). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, make a trip to Gion, and stop by Musubi Kyoto.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto attractions planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Kyoto is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Mexico City to Kyoto, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in July, with highs in Kyoto at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Onna-son

— 2 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Zakimi Castle Ruins, then Head underground at Blue Cave, then stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins, then buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, then explore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Onna-son road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Onna-son takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. July in Onna-son sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 20th (Wed), head off the coast to Kouri Island, stroll through Aragusuku Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, then step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip planner.

Fly from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. July in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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 22nd (Fri): see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, then look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, and finally kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): stop by Ginza, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday planning website.

Fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 27°C in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · 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.