8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train to Hakata, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima
— 1 night
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly
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Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Toji and Kodai-ji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

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Washington DC, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Kyoto is 14 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, and finally kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach.

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You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hiroshima in May, with highs in Miyakojima at 82°F and lows at 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, get outside with Kondoi Beach, then walk around Banna Park, then get outside with Yonehara Beach, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

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Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip builder.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in May, things will get a bit cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 76°F and lows about 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.