13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
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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
Drive
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, observe the fascinating underwater world at Tokyo Sea Life Park, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

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New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from New York City to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. July in Tokyo sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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 (Fri): head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and then take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, get outside with Sukuji Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and finally head outdoors with Mt.Omotodake.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki route site.

Fly from Tokyo to Ishigaki in 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ishigaki when traveling from Tokyo in July, with lows around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hiroshima when traveling from Ishigaki in July, with lows around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto travel planning website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then stop by Dotombori District.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Beaches · Aquariums
Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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