16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  5​h
4
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): stroll through Yonehara Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Keep things going the next day: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then stop by Pinion Direct Shop, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki vacation planner.

New Delhi, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. When traveling from New Delhi in March, plan for little chillier days in Ishigaki, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Relax by the water at Ida no Hama Beach and Nakano Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Funauki Village, contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi, admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip maker .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. March in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, then kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, then snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Miyakojima road trip planner .

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima by ferry takes about 4 hours. In March in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

2
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 17th (Sun), stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, head off the coast to Miyajima, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Miyakojima to Hatsukaichi takes 5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Miyakojima in March: highs in Hatsukaichi hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tofuku-ji Temple and Toji. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, make a trip to Gion, and shop like a local with Dotonbori.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Hatsukaichi to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Dotonbori
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Shop till you drop at Ginza and Harajuku Takeshita-dori. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip tool .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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