12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
3
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
4
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
5
Osaka
— 1 night

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 Kinkaku-ji are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ryoanji Temple. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, take in the pleasant sights at Gion, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip website.

Monterrey, Mexico to Kyoto is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 15 hours. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 18th (Sat), get interesting insight from Tours, admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, thenstep off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, thenkick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Todomari Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Iriomote-jima takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in July since evenings lows in Iriomote-jima dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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.
On the 20th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, thenlook for gifts at Yurateiku Market, thenhead outdoors with Kondoi Beach, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

2
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 22nd (Wed): snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, thenget outside with Toguchi no Hama, thenhead off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. On your second day here, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima trip planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. July in Miyakojima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, thentake a stroll through Minami (Namba), and then steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka vacation maker app.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Osaka in 4.5 hours. July in Osaka sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

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