15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
3
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive
6
Ise
— 1 night
Drive
7
Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
Drive
8
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly

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Miyakojima — 2 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, and then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, then don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima tour itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Miyakojima is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you will find days in Miyakojima are little chillier (25°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Iriomote-jima — 2 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 13th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall, kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima holiday builder website.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, stroll around Banna Park, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki online trip maker.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly to Kyoto.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Side Trip

Kyoto — 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yasaka Shrine and Yasakanoto. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in December, with highs in Kyoto at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Nachikatsura-cho — 1 night

The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 20th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 8°C in Nachikatsura-cho. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ise.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, then make a trip to Oharai-machi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Shrine Geku.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Ise online trip builder.

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in December, you will find days in Ise are slightly colder (11°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Hakuba-mura.
Historic Sites

Hakuba-mura — 1 night

Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, then stroll through Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hakuba-mura online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Ise to Hakuba-mura takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Ise in December, things will get slightly colder in Hakuba-mura: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Tokyo.
Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks

Tokyo — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): make a trip to Tokyo Tower, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakuba-mura in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Fun & Games

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.