12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights

2
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Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 10th (Tue), enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, thensnap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, thensnap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and finally kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Yabiji, kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, thensee some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima online route planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Miyakojima is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Minneapolis to Miyakojima, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in March; daily highs in Miyakojima reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

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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 12th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, thenkick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, thenwalk around Banna Park, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki tour planning app.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In March in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 14th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, thentake an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum. On your second day here, make a trip to Miyajima, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, thentake an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip tool.

Getting from Ishigaki to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. While traveling from Ishigaki, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Hiroshima, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

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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.
On the 16th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto vacation tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toji ©
Toji

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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.
On the 18th (Wed), wander the streets of Odaiba District and then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, thenadmire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and finally get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Tokyo are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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