13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach and then look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, and then examine the collection at MInsah Kogei Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner.

Newark, USA to Ishigaki is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in March, expect Ishigaki to be much hotter, temps between 73°F and 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ishigaki

— 2 nights
Let the collections at Ishigaki Yaima Village and Nei Museum of Art capture your imagination. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. Explore Ishigaki further: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to Euglena Mall, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, and Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki day trip planning tool.

Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 21st (Sat), contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Ishigaki in March, expect nights in Hiroshima to be colder, around 42°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotombori District and Asahiyaki. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Nara Park). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Asakusa. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Odaiba District, look for gifts at Kimono Me, examine the collection at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, and shop like a local with Takeshita Street.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

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.