7 days in Japan Itinerary

7 days in Japan Itinerary

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7 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 1 day
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Tokyo

1
day
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 24th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Tokyo National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

3
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 28th (Mon), head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, identify plant and animal life at Yabiji, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kyoto in October: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 33°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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.
On the 30th (Wed), head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. October in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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