15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
3
Onna-son
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Newark

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Sensō-ji and Odaiba. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip tool .

Newark, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Newark to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

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

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
On the 29th (Sat), make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins, then don't miss a visit to Cape Manzamo, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Zakimi Castle Ruins, step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins, then explore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and finally pause for some photo ops at Okinawa Peace Memorial Park.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Onna-son trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Onna-son takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. August in Onna-son sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Zakimi Castle Ruins, Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Katsuren Castle Ruins
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yonaha Maehama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. Visiting Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 3.5 hours. In August in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 80°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (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
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

To see ratings and tourist information, read our Ishigaki vacation maker app .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. September in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 79°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in September, expect Hiroshima to be little chillier, temps between 81°F and 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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