13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Kagoshima, Train to Kumamoto, Drive to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Kyoto

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, and finally contemplate the long history of Byodoin. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple, admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planning site.

Toronto, Canada to Kyoto is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in April; daily highs in Kyoto reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Taikoiwa. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho route planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Yakushima-cho. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Takachiho-cho

— 1 night
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho trip itinerary app.

You can do a combination of ferry, train, and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Yakushima-cho in April since evenings lows in Takachiho-cho dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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 10th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, then stroll around Banna Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip builder website.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Ishigaki by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Takachiho-cho in April: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 30°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the views from Kurima Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and finally identify plant and animal life at Yabiji. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and finally go for a walk through Imugya Marine Garden.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. April in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Tokyo

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hie Jinjya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, and finally explore the activities along Meguro River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): take in the views from Rainbow Bridge, stroll around Hama Rikyu Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, then make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip maker tool.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Tokyo in 6 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Miyakojima in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.