15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Lexington
Fly:  23 h
1
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  6 h
2
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4 h
4
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Lexington

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then wander the streets of Gion, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and finally contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip planning site .

Lexington, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Lexington to Kyoto. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
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 5th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site, then take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and finally stroll through Kondoi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): stroll through Banna Park, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki travel planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, tram, and flight. In June, Ishigaki is a bit warmer than Kyoto - with highs of 89°F and lows of 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 7th (Fri), head off the coast to Iriomote Island and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, then kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, then admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nakano Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In June in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 81°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Nakano Beach ©
Nakano Beach
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Sunayama Beach and Yabiji. Attractions like Aragusuku Beach and Yonaha Maehama Beach make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Irabu Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, and make a trip to East Henna Cape.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima road trip planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In June in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 79°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Step out of Tokyo to go to Urayasu and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Miyakojima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Miyakojima in June; daily highs in Tokyo reach 79°F and lows reach 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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