17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 1 night
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
4
Ise
— 2 nights
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
6
Toyooka
— 1 night
7
Kanazawa
— 4 nights

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 20th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and then see the interesting displays at Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, wander the streets of Ueno District, get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, thenadmire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, and finally see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip planning site.

Bogota, Colombia to Tokyo is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Bogota to Tokyo. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bogota in December, with highs in Tokyo at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
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Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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.
On the 22nd (Tue), stroll around Banna Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, thenvisit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Kabira Park, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, thentake a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, thenkick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki road trip planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Ishigaki in 6 hours. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Ishigaki: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 24th (Thu), snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, thentake in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, thenvisit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, thenmake a trip to East Henna Cape, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

2
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 26th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, thencontemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meotoiwa. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinmei Shrine, thenobserve the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium, and finally get engrossed in the history at Sengukan.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ise trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ise takes 7 hours. While traveling from Miyakojima, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Ise, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Toba, Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck
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Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jojakkoji Temple, thenmake a trip to Byodoin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanzen-ji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Ise to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in December, expect little chillier with lows of °C in Kyoto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Byodoin
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Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

1
night
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Izushi Castle Town, thenmeet the residents at Kinosaki Marine World, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Toyooka road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Toyooka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Kyoto in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Toyooka, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Thermal Spas
Kinosaki Marine World ©
Kinosaki Marine World

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Oyama Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Takayama (Wine Tours & Tastings, Takayama Jinya, &more), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Hakusan Heisenji Temple Historical Museum Mahoroba (in Katsuyama). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Gokayama, steep yourself in history at Kanda house, take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, and make a trip to Suganuma Gassho Community.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa road trip app.

Drive from Toyooka to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Katsuyama, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course

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