13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly + train:  15​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Ishigaki
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 15​min
4
Ise
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Portland

3
nights
Tokyo

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.
Hase-dera Temple and Sensō-ji are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Tokyo National Museum and Imperial Palace will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, read Tokyo journey planner .

Portland, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Portland to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in August, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Hase-dera Temple
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

1
day
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.
On the 21st (Wed), kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Tokyo to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. In August in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 81°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

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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 Aragusuku Beach and Toguchi no Hama. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima travel route builder tool .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ise trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Ise in 5.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ise are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums
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Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kennin-ji Temple and Chion-in Temple. Popular historic sites such as Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkaku-ji Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip builder app .

You can drive from Ise to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ise in August: highs in Kyoto hover around 92°F, while lows dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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