14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Palm Springs
Fly + Drive:  25 h
1
Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5 h 45 min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Ishigaki
— 1 day
Fly:  45 min
5
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: Palm Springs

1
day
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takkoku no Iwaya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Konjiki-do, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakusan Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hiraizumi-cho trip itinerary planning website .

Palm Springs, USA to Hiraizumi-cho is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Palm Springs to Hiraizumi-cho. Traveling from Palm Springs in October, you will find days in Hiraizumi-cho are much colder (64°F), and nights are little chillier (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites
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Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do ©
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get a sense of the local culture at Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Get some historical perspective at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory and Kotokuji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Natadera Temple (in Komatsu) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, wander the streets of Gokayama, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online travel route planner .

Explore your travel options from Hiraizumi-cho to Kanazawa with the Route module. Traveling from Hiraizumi-cho in October, you will find days in Kanazawa are a bit warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nanto, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Maruoka Castle, Natadera Temple
Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tofuku-ji Temple and Walking tours. Get some cultural insight at Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Jishu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. In October, Ishigaki is somewhat warmer than Kyoto - with highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

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 19th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunayama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, then take in the views from Kurima Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach. On your second day here, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and finally make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): wander the streets of Odaiba and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and finally explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Miyakojima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. In October, Tokyo is slightly colder than Miyakojima - with highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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