11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Miyakojima
— 1 night
2
Ishigaki
— 1 night
3
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
4
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
5
Ise
— 1 night
6
Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
7
Takayama
— 3 nights

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Miyakojima is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Miyakojima is 17 hours. In December, Miyakojima is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Shimojiiima Island ©
Shimojiiima Island

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, thenglide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, thenHead underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and finally kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki visit planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 16th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in December, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

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Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 17th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, thenadmire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock, and finally examine the collection at Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Iriomote-jima to Nachikatsura-cho takes 10.5 hours. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in December, expect Nachikatsura-cho to be a bit cooler, temps between °F and °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock, Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall
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Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple

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Ise

Ise ©
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.
On the 19th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Shrine Geku.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Ise holiday planning tool.

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in December: highs in Ise hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Toba Aquarium
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Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

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Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the activities along Happo Pond, take in the awesome beauty at Happoone, thenwander the streets of Hakuba, thenfly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, and finally hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hakuba-mura, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Ise to Hakuba-mura in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in December, things will get slightly colder in Hakuba-mura: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Hakuba ©
Hakuba
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park ©
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park
Happoone ©
Happoone

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Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Old Toyama Folk House Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, thencontemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hida Kokubun-ji Temple, thensteep yourself in history at Kanda house, thenget engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally make a trip to Hida Furukawa Old Town.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Takayama road trip planner.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Takayama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Hida Furukawa Old Town
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Kanda house ©
Kanda house

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