8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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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 13th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary builder site.

Helsinki, Finland to Kyoto is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Helsinki in July: highs in Kyoto hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Spas
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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 15th (Thu), wander the streets of Dotombori District, look for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, and then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, then head outdoors with Toguchi no Hama, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and finally kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Miyakojima takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
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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 18th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

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Japan travel guide

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Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.