15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Austin
Fly:  23 h 15 min
1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Ise
— 1 night
+3
Train + Foot + Train + Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Austin

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sunayama Beach and Underground Dam Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Yabiji and Tomori Imugya Beach. The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach, see the interesting displays at Miyakojima Sea Treasure Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip maker.

Austin, USA to Miyakojima is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Austin to Miyakojima. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Austin in December, with highs in Miyakojima at 71°F and lows at 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama 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 24th (Fri): stop by Yurateiku Market, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, thenhead outdoors with Kondoi Beach, and finally visit Misaki Town. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, thensee the interesting displays at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, and then head outdoors with Hairumubushi Beach.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kohama-jima, Kondoi Beach, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, identify plant and animal life at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Nakama-river Protected Region, and finally steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima travel website.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in December, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center
Mizuochi Falls ©
Mizuochi Falls

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kodai-ji Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Toshodai-ji Temple and Shimogamo Jinja. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Mt. Wakakusa, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jojakkoji Temple, steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, stroll through Nanzen-ji Temple, and get great views at Mt. Kurama.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto holiday app.

You can fly from Iriomote-jima to Kyoto in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in December, expect Kyoto to be cooler, temps between 52°F and 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nara
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Highlights from your plan
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at Nachi Primeval Forest, explore the activities along Nachi Forest, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudarakusanji Temple, thensoak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally stroll through Kinomatsushima Island.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nachikatsura-cho when traveling from Kyoto in December, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine

1
night
Ise

Ise ©
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yamato-hime Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kazahinominomiya, thentake an in-depth tour of Jingu Chokokan Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Ise travel app.

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in January, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
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Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine ©
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Jingu Chokokan Museum ©
Jingu Chokokan Museum

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