16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  5​h
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
End: Tokyo

2
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi and MInsah Kogei Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Nakamoto Beach and Hairumubushi Beach. Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Kohama-jima to see Kubazaki Beach about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, get outside with Akashi Beach, and kick back and relax at Shiraho Beach.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki travel planner .

Tokyo to Ishigaki is an approximately 5-hour flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in May: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kohama-jima, Island Countryside Settlement, Nakamoto Beach
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Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Shiraho Beach ©
Shiraho Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Yonaha Maehama Beach and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sunayama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima driving holiday app .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. May in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Visit Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yamato Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo & Itsukushima Shrine Torii) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, Hiroshima is slightly colder than Miyakojima - with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Toji will appeal to history buffs. Head to Dotonbori and Asahiyakifor plenty of shopping. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Osaka Castle about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip planning app .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Asahiyaki
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Toji ©
Toji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera 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.
Get some cultural insight at Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Museum-lovers will get to explore Edo-Tokyo Museum and Samurai Museum. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Odaiba, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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