15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Train:  15 h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 15 min
4
Onna-son
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  5 h 30 min
5
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
6
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
7
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: San Francisco

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.
Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Imperial Palace, take a stroll through Ginza, and then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online day trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in March, expect Tokyo to be slightly colder, temps between 58°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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 16th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping
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Toji ©
Toji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
On the 18th (Wed), examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, examine the collection at Yamato Museum, then pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kure
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then make a trip to Onna Station Nakayukui Market, then get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, and finally contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, then buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, and then explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Onna-son planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Onna-son by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hiroshima in March: high temperatures in Onna-son hover around 70°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Itoman, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Shurijo Castle, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
The Tower of Himeyuri ©
The Tower of Himeyuri

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): head outdoors with Hoshisuna Beach, then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Onna-son in March, Iriomote-jima is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

1
night
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 24th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, then stop by Yurateiku Market, and finally kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki visit planner.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, and finally snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Miyakojima trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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