17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Motobu-cho
— 1 night
+2
bus + train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

2
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.
On the 24th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker site .

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 58°F and lows are around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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 discover tucked-away gems like Toji and Tofuku-ji Temple. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kyoto vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 30th (Mon), take in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and finally contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip website .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kintaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Kintaikyo Bridge ©
Kintaikyo Bridge
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

1
night
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
On the 1st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins, and then step off the mainland to explore Kouri-jima Island.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hiroshima in April; daily highs in Motobu-cho reach 75°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nakijin Castle Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road

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.
Attractions like Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape Hirakubozaki and Kabira Park. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Motobu-cho in April since evenings lows in Ishigaki dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Yonaha Maehama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sunayama Beach and Ikema Ohashi Bridge. There's much more to do: take in the views from Irabu Bridge, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave, and head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island.

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

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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