15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kyoto
— 2 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
3
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
4
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
5
Ishigaki
— 1 night
6
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
7
Tokyo
— 1 night

2
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.
On the 24th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto day trip planning website.

Miami, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Miami to Kyoto, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Kyoto is cooler than Miami - with highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 26th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, then see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kure, Mazda Museum, Itsukushima Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

3
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Nagata Inakahama and Isso Beach. The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and Ruins of Kosugidani Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kusukawa Tenmangu Shrine, admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho online visit planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hiroshima in December; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 60°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama
Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach

1
night
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): get outside with Shirahama Port, then don't miss a visit to Funauki Village, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, then steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi, and then get outside with Iriomotejima Kaigetsu.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Yakushima-cho to Iriomote-jima takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yakushima-cho in December, with highs in Iriomote-jima at 72°F and lows at 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Shirahama Port ©
Shirahama Port

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki day trip app.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. January in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 3rd (Fri), snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach, get outside with Toguchi no Hama, and then step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima tour itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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 5th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Tokyo in 6 hours. When traveling from Miyakojima in January, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 50°F by day to 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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