15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly to Nanki Shirahama, Train to Nachikatsura-cho
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 1 night
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
Visit University of Tokyo and Hozomon for their historical value. Let the collections at teamLab☆Planets and Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum capture your imagination. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, admire the masterpieces at Mori Art Museum, and look for gifts at Ginza Itoya Hontren.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Tokyo is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Cape Town to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Cape Town in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Seiganto-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and then explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock.

Plan my day in Nachikatsura-cho using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Tokyo to Nachikatsura-cho by combination of flight and train takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nachikatsura-cho, with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Ise

— 1 night
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 11th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku and then contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ise sightseeing planner.

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in December, plan for little chillier days in Ise, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and then stroll through Sunayama Beach. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, and then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Miyakojima attractions planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Ise to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. Traveling from Ise in December, expect nights in Miyakojima to be a bit warmer, around 20°C, while days are warmer, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Iriomote-jima

— 1 night
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): head off the coast to Iriomote Island and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima holiday builder site.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Ishigaki

— 2 nights
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 15th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, walk around Banna Park, and then explore and take pictures at Cape Hirakubozaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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.