15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

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Ishigaki
— 1 night
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
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Onna-son
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki

— 1 night
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 2nd (Wed), kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki day trip planning app.

Bucharest, Romania to Ishigaki is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Bucharest to Ishigaki. While traveling from Bucharest, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, then kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima route planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In September in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Onna-son

— 2 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins, explore the historical opulence of Zakimi Castle Ruins, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, steep yourself in history at Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and then explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Onna-son trip maker app.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 4.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Onna-son can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yamato Museum and Shukkei-en Garden. Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Miyajima will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip site.

Getting from Onna-son to Hiroshima by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Onna-son in September, with highs in Hiroshima at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 2 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.
On the 11th (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Tokyo

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple and then take a stroll through Odaiba District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and finally see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

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.