16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
3
Nagasaki
— 1 night
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
5
Osaka
— 1 night
6
Nara
— 1 night
7
Kyoto
— 2 nights
8
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
9
Tokyo
— 3 nights

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), kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, enjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast, head outdoors with Yonaha Maehama Beach, thenkick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Maja Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, get outside with Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, thenkick back and relax at Boraga Beach, and finally head outdoors with Ikizu Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip website.

San Francisco, USA to Miyakojima is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in November, with highs in Miyakojima at °F and lows at °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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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
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get outside with Sukuji Beach, thenkick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Akashi Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Shiraho Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Maezato Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki trip planning site.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
night
Nagasaki

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 Sōfuku-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, examine the collection at Dejima, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, thenstroll through Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Nagasaki takes 6.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in November; daily highs in Nagasaki reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, thentake an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, head off the coast to Miyajima, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online trip planner.

Take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in November, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
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), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, look for gifts at Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo, thentake a stroll through Dotombori District, and finally wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

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Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around °F in November, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Rokuen, walk around Nara Park, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, thencontemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, and finally examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nara trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around °F in November, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planning app.

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
On the 14th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, thenexplore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi road trip app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Hakone-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or fly. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites
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Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum
Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum ©
Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho 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.
On the 15th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Fukagawa Edo Museum, thenget engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Odaiba District and then wander the streets of Ginza.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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