15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
2
Toyooka
— 3 nights
3
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
4
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
5
Miyakojima
— 3 nights

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.
Visit Nijo Castle and Nigatsu-do Temple for their historical value. Koyasan Okunoin and Kinkaku-ji are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Hikone (Hikone Castle & 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園), Ise Shrine Geku (in Ise) and Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple & Koyasan Danjo Garan). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip planning website.

London, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from London to Kyoto, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in October, with highs in Kyoto at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Hikone, Nara, Ise Shrine Geku
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
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.
Visit Street of Kinosaki Onsen and Nariaiji Temple for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Thermal Spas and Kannonji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Toyooka: Daijoji Temple (in Kami-cho) and Amanoiwato Shrine (in Fukuchiyama). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Naomi Uemura Bokenkan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shisho Shrine, head outdoors with Kirihama Beach, and kick back and relax at Takeno Coast.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Toyooka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Kyoto in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Toyooka: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Fukuchiyama, Daijoji Temple, Nariaiji 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai, thensteep yourself in history at Kushifuru Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Aratate Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heitate Shrine.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho online travel planner.

You can fly from Toyooka to Takachiho-cho in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Toyooka in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Takachiho-cho: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Torinji Temple, and then examine the collection at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, thenappreciate the history behind Yoko Gushiken Monument, and finally make a trip to Euglena Mall.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ishigaki trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Takachiho-cho to Ishigaki takes 7.5 hours. In October, Ishigaki is a bit warmer than Takachiho-cho - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, Island Countryside Settlement
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Nakasone Toyumya Tomb, take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, thenkick back and relax at Urasoko Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Uibya Mountain Site. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harimizu Utaki, thenexplore the different monuments and memorials at Tomb of Chirimaya Tuimiya, thencontemplate the long history of Yamatoga, and finally delve into the distant past at Ninto zeiseki.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip website.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In October in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for 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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