15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Ishigaki
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
4
Motobu-cho
— 1 night
+3
ferry + foot + train + Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore

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.
On the 5th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach, then stroll around Kabira Park, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, then walk around Banna Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki journey planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Ishigaki is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Singapore in October, plan for slightly colder days in Ishigaki, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Utara Tanko, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima online sightseeing planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunayama Beach and Irabu Bridge. Bring the kids along to Aragusuku Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, and stroll through Yonaha Maehama Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

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
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, then stroll through Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Motobu-cho trip builder site .

Getting from Miyakojima to Motobu-cho by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nakijin Castle Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and finally get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Tokyo takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Motobu-cho in October, with highs in Tokyo at 26°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, make a trip to Omicho Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kanazawa, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Tsuzumi Gate ©
Tsuzumi Gate

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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