14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Lexington
Fly + Drive:  23​h 15​min
1
Nakijin-son
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
4
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Lexington

1
night
Nakijin-son

Nakijin-son ©
Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, then take in the views from Kouri Bridge, and then step off the mainland to explore Kouri-jima Island. Keep things going the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, and then walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nakijin-son tour builder app .

Lexington, USA to Nakijin-son is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Traveling from Lexington in February, you will find days in Nakijin-son are somewhat warmer (67°F), and nights are much warmer (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Motobu-cho
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Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 22nd (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, then snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, and then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and finally snap pictures at Kurima Bridge.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima journey planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Nakijin-son to Miyakojima takes 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Miyakojima when traveling from Nakijin-son in February, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
East Henna Cape ©
East Henna Cape

2
nights
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.
On the 24th (Mon), stroll through Yonehara Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Kabira Park, walk around Banna Park, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki travel route planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Kyoto takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in February, expect Kyoto to be cooler, temps between 49°F and 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

4
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.
Have a day of magic on the 2nd (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Tokyo are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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