16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  6​h
3
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 1 night
Train:  3​h 30​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
6
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
7
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
8
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus + Train:  1​h 15​min
9
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 3rd (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, enjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast, then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then get outside with Sunayama Beach, and finally get outside with Maja Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, then kick back and relax at Boraga Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ikizu Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima online sightseeing planner .

San Francisco, USA to Miyakojima is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Miyakojima. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in November: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 78°F and lows are around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): head outdoors with Sukuji Beach, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then get outside with Akashi Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Shiraho Beach. On the next day, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Maezato Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki attractions planner .

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

1
night
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
On the 7th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sofukuji Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glover Garden, see the interesting displays at Dejima, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then stroll through Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally examine the collection at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Nagasaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in November, expect Nagasaki to be slightly colder, temps between 64°F and 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 8th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima vacation maker app .

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 10th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, look for gifts at Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo, then shop like a local with Dotonbori, and finally wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Osaka attractions planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, daytime highs in Osaka are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 11th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Rokuen, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nara visit planning website .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
On the 12th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): wander the streets of Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, and finally contemplate the long history of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Fukagawa Edo Museum, then see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Odaiba and then shop like a local with Ginza.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in November, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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