19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  5​h
1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
3
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Toyooka
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
End: Tokyo

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima planner .

Tokyo to Miyakojima is an approximately 5-hour flight. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect nights in Miyakojima to be much hotter, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

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

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.
Popular historic sites such as Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kondoi Beach and Nishi Pier. Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima (about 1h 55 min away). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki, make a trip to Euglena Mall, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ishigaki online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In November in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

3
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Takachiho Shrine and Amano Yasugawara are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Amano Iwato Shrine and Oka Castle Ruins. Change things up with these side-trips from Takachiho-cho: Tsujunkyo Bridge (in Yamato-cho) and Aso (Kusasenri & Daikanbo). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai, and get impressive views of Mt. Aso.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho trip planner .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Takachiho-cho in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Ishigaki, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Takachiho-cho, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Toyooka.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aso, Oka Castle Ruins, Mt. Aso, Tsujunkyo Bridge
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Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Takeda Castle Ruins and The Sand Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ine no Funaya and Hakuto Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Toyooka side-trips: Arayu (in Shinonsen-cho) and Amanohashidate (in Miyazu). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and stroll around Genbudo Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Toyooka trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Takachiho-cho to Toyooka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Toyooka are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tottori, Takeda Castle Ruins, Arayu, Amanohashidate, Ine no Funaya
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Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins
Ine no Funaya ©
Ine no Funaya
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen

5
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.
Visit Tenryuji Temple and Toji for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Nanzen-ji Temple and Koyasan Okunoin. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Kofuku-ji Temple), Ise (Ise Shrine Geku, Oharai-machi, & more) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Koyasan Danjo Garan.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Toyooka to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Ise, Nara, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Hikone Castle
Highlights from your plan
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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