15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 1 night
Fly
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Izumo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly

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Kyoto

— 2 nights
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 Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and stop by Gion.

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Toronto, Canada to Kyoto is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Kyoto: highs are around 27°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

Ise

— 1 night
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, make a trip to Oharai-machi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, then get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya.

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You can drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kyoto in October, you will find days in Ise are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Izumo.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:

Izumo

— 2 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
On the 5th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamosu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Adachi Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Susa Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, then take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, then enjoy the sea views from Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hinomisaki Shrine.

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Traveling by flight from Ise to Izumo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Izumo when traveling from Ise in October, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku.

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You can drive from Izumo to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Nishihenna Cape, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, then make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Imugya Marine Garden.

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Getting from Hiroshima to Miyakojima by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. In October, Miyakojima is somewhat warmer than Hiroshima - with highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:

Ishigaki

— 2 nights
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 (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, walk around Banna Park, then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

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You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Tokyo

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, then get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, and finally examine the collection at Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in October, expect Tokyo to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.