15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly to Osaka Kansai, Train to Nachikatsura-cho
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train to Chūbu Centrair, Fly to Edinburgh

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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.
Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Yurateiku Market and Kondoi Beach. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and walk around Kabira Park.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki online itinerary planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Edinburgh to Ishigaki is 9 hours. Traveling from Edinburgh in April, things will get warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 30°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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 26th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then make a trip to East Henna Cape, then make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally take in the views from Irabu Ohashi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, head outdoors with Yonaha Maehama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, then stop by Furusato, and finally step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Miyakojima trip app.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Nachikatsura-cho

— 1 night
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 28th (Tue), make a trip to Daimonzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho route site.

Do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Nachikatsura-cho in 9 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in April, things will get a bit cooler in Nachikatsura-cho: highs are around 22°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Get some cultural insight at Tenryuji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Kasuga Grand Shrine and Nanzen-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Byodoin (in Uji) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto visit planning website.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Takayama Jinya and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Popular historic sites such as Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Oyama Shrine are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (in Shirakawa-mura) and Higashiyama Walking Course (in Takayama). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, contemplate the long history of Ainokura Gassho Community, and admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. You will leave for home on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.