15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Train:  16​h 15​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
2
Toyooka
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kinkaku-ji and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tofuku-ji Temple and Ise Shrine Geku. Venture out of the city with trips to Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, & more), Hikone (Hikone Castle & 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園) and Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Kofuku-ji Temple). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto sightseeing planner.

London, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Kyoto is 9 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in October, with highs in Kyoto at 27°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Hikone, Ise Shrine Geku
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

3
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Street of Kinosaki Onsen and Kannonji Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Thermal Spas and Daijoji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toyooka: Amanoiwato Shrine (in Fukuchiyama) and Nariaiji Temple (in Miyazu). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hiyoshi Shrine, enjoy the sand and surf at Kirihama Beach, get outside with Takeno Coast, and see the interesting displays at Naomi Uemura Bokenkan.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Toyooka day trip tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Toyooka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. When traveling from Kyoto in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Toyooka: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Fukuchiyama, Nariaiji Temple, Daijoji Temple
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Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Amanoiwato Shrine ©
Amanoiwato Shrine
Nariaiji Temple ©
Nariaiji Temple

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
On the 9th (Fri), go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai, then steep yourself in history at Kushifuru Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heitate Shrine.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho travel route app .

Traveling by flight from Toyooka to Takachiho-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Toyooka in October, expect nights in Takachiho-cho to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Heitate Shrine
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Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, take in the spiritual surroundings of Torinji Temple, and then examine the collection at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, then get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, then appreciate the history behind Yoko Gushiken Monument, and finally don't miss a visit to Euglena Mall.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Takachiho-cho to Ishigaki takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Takachiho-cho in October, with highs in Ishigaki at 34°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Island Countryside Settlement, Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi
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Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Torinji Temple ©
Torinji Temple

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 13th (Tue), explore the different monuments and memorials at Nakasone Toyumya Tomb, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyako Shrine, then visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then head outdoors with Urasoko Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Uibya Mountain Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harimizu Utaki, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tomb of Chirimaya Tuimiya, then make a trip to Yamatoga, and finally explore the ancient world of Ninto zeiseki.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima online holiday planner .

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. October in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
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Miyako Shrine ©
Miyako Shrine
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse

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