16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Shimoda
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
5
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Jeddah

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.
Visit Moroiso Shores and Nagasawa Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planning site .

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In September, Tokyo is slightly colder than Jeddah - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Shimoda.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Moroiso Shores, Nagasawa Beach
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Ginza ©
Ginza

2
nights
Shimoda

Shimoda
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stroll through Inatori Ukiuki Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Otago Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Iwachi Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Kisami Ohama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Onohama Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tagosehama Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Kumi Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Shimoda online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Shimoda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shimoda

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Matsuzaki-cho, Nishiizu-cho, Inatori Ukiuki Beach, Onohama Beach

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Shimoda to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Shimoda in September, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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Gion
Gion
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, and then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and then stroll through Sunayama Beach.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima route website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Miyakojima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Miyakojima, with lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

4
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Yonehara Beach and Fusaki Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sukuji Beach, stroll through Kondoi Beach, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary builder tool .

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In September in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

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