14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Train:  15 h
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
6
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: London

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and then make a trip to Shibuya Crossing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For traveler tips, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planning website .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 2nd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In November, daytime highs in Nara are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Isuien Garden ©
Isuien Garden

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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 3rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, then take a stroll through Dotonbori, and finally go for a walk through Ukiyokoji Street.

To find where to stay, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
nights
Miyakojima

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 5th (Thu): kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, then snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally take in the views from Irabu Ohashi. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, then step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, then snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and finally get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach.

Discover how to plan a Miyakojima trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Miyakojima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Osaka in November, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Miyakojima: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi

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 7th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, get outside with Yonehara Beach, then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area and then walk around Kabira Park.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki journey planning app .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

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