13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 1 day
Drive
2
Shimoda
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly to Naha Airport, Drive to Zamami-son
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Zamami-son
— 1 night
Drive
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Onna-son
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple and then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo sightseeing planning website.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. In July in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Shimoda.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites

2
nights
Shimoda

On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
On the 13th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Yumigahama Beach, kick back and relax at Kisami Ohama Beach, kick back and relax at Iritahama Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tatadohama Beach, then kick back and relax at Shirahama Beach, and finally head outdoors with Kujupama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Futo Beach, kick back and relax at Otago Beach, then head outdoors with Inatori Ukiuki Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Imaihama Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Shimoda road trip planning tool.

Drive from Tokyo to Shimoda in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in July, expect nights in Shimoda to be about the same, around 76°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shimoda

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

3
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker website.

You can drive from Shimoda to Kyoto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Shimoda, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

2
nights
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 18th (Sun): kick back and relax at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Nagamahama Beach Coast. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, head outdoors with Sunayama Beach, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get outside with Shigira Beach, and finally get outside with Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Miyakojima trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from Kyoto to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

2
nights
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.
On the 20th (Tue), see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Sukuji Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and finally head outdoors with Maezato Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip builder app.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In July in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 82°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

1
night
Zamami-son

The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Ama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Gahijima Sand Dune, kick back and relax at Nishibama Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Aka Beach, and finally head outdoors with Hizushi Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zamami-son trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ishigaki to Zamami-son. In July, daytime highs in Zamami-son are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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 23rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Onna Seaside Cizil Park Nabii Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Manza Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Onna-son tour planning website.

Getting from Zamami-son to Onna-son by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Onna-son are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.