12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  15​h
1
Ishigaki
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Onna-son
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then walk around Banna Park, and then stroll through Kondoi Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary maker app .

Mumbai, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mumbai in May: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and finally admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima day trip site .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 31st (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, then snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, then take in the views from Kurima Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Toriike Pond, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, and then stroll through Aragusuku Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima route planner .

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. May in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

1
night
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Onna-son trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son takes 3.5 hours. In June in Onna-son, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Onna-son

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip planning website .

Fly from Onna-son to Kyoto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Onna-son in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and finally make a trip to Chidorigafuchi. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Tokyo DisneySea.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. June in Tokyo sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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