15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Miyakojima
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  5​h 15​min
4
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
taxi + train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

1
night
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 19th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach and then explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Tragawa Shuzo.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima journey planner.

Sydney, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Miyakojima due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in December: highs in Miyakojima hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

2
nights
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.
You've now added Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour to your itinerary. On the 21st (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, make a trip to Nagurao Bridge, then sample the fine beverages at Takamine Distillers, and finally kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Fusaki Beach, then explore the activities along Kabira Bay, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and finally look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki day trip site .

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay

2
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Nara Park & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center) and Dotonbori (in Osaka). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Gion.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Kyoto in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in December; daily highs in Kyoto reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Dotonbori
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get outside with Ryuoo Mountain Park, then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yamanouchi-machi journey maker tool .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Kyoto to Yamanouchi-machi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and car. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in December: high temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Onsen Resorts
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Harajuku Takeshita-dori. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, and make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Ginza ©
Ginza
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street

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