15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Miyakojima
— 1 night
Fly
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 1 night
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Train to Kintetsunagoya, Train to Tokyo Haneda, Fly to Chicago O'Hare

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Tokyo

— 3 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zojo-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Samurai Museum. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Akihabara, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary app.

Chicago, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Tokyo is 15 hours. Traveling from Chicago in March, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 58°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 11th (Fri), kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, and finally head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima tour itinerary builder.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Tokyo to Iriomote-jima in 7.5 hours. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Iriomote-jima, with highs around 73°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Ishigaki

— 2 nights
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 13th (Sun): kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki. Here are some ideas for day two: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and then take in the exciting artwork at Nei Museum of Art.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki road trip planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in March, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Miyakojima

— 1 night
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): go for a walk through Nishihenna Cape, get outside with Sunayama Beach, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and finally get outside with Toguchi no Hama.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima tour itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Shop till you drop at Dotombori District and Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto online journey planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in March, expect nights in Kyoto to be cooler, around 40°F, while days are little chillier, around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

Ise

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then examine the collection at Okageza, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ise day trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Ise: temperatures range from 52°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums

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.