15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 2 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.
Appreciate the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Senso-ji Temple. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Odaiba District, take in the exciting artwork at Wa Space, stop by Ginza, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip app.

Cairo, Egypt to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Cairo to Tokyo. Traveling from Cairo in July, you will find days in Tokyo are slightly colder (36°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 3 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Minami (Namba) and Musubi Kyoto. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Step out of Kyoto to go to Dotombori and see Dotombori District, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and make a trip to Gion.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online route maker.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 16th (Fri), don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, and finally see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, then head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Miyakojima takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Ishigaki

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Explore hidden gems such as Kondoi Beach and Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In July in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 21st (Wed), take a memorable tour with Tours and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, then get outside with Hoshisuna Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima travel planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 2 hours. In July in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

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.