12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Ipoh
+2
train + foot + Fly:  16​h
1
Miyakojima
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Ipoh


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1
night
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, then take in the views from Kurima Bridge, then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally snap pictures at Irabu Bridge. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach, and then don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip planner .

Ipoh, Malaysia to Miyakojima is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, Miyakojima is a bit cooler than Ipoh - with highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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 13th (Fri): kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip planning website .

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and then shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Main Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, then take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and finally shop like a local with Dotonbori.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Osaka route maker .

Fly from Ishigaki to Osaka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in December, with highs in Osaka at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Toji ©
Toji
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Tenryuji Temple. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto journey planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kyoto Railway Museum ©
Kyoto Railway Museum

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.
On the 20th (Fri), take a stroll through Odaiba and then wander the streets of Ginza.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo journey builder tool .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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