16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + train:  18​h
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
2
Ishigaki
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h
4
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Denver

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Toji and Tofuku-ji Temple. Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour planner.

Denver, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Denver to Kyoto, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Kyoto is a bit warmer than Denver - with highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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 24th (Fri), kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. On your second day here, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stop by Pinion Direct Shop, and then stroll through Kondoi Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki route planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Kyoto in May, expect Ishigaki to be a bit warmer, temps between 84°F and 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step off the beaten path and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Iriomote Island. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Pinaisara Falls will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima travel route planner .

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
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 Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Aragusuku Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and stroll through Yonaha Maehama Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima by ferry takes about 4 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

3
nights
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.
Tokyo National Museum and Imperial Palace will appeal to history buffs. Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Tokyo attractions planning tool .

Fly from Miyakojima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in May, things will get slightly colder in Tokyo: highs are around 76°F and lows about 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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