15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

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
+4
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly + Train:  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.
Get outdoors at Yabiji and Sunayama Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Underground Dam Museum and Miyakojima City Traditional Crafts Center. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba, and get outside with Tomori Imugya Beach.

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Austin, USA to Miyakojima is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Austin to Miyakojima due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Austin in December, with highs in Miyakojima at 71°F and lows at 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) 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
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.
On the 24th (Fri), look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and finally wander the streets of Misaki Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Yonehara Beach, examine the collection at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, and then kick back and relax at Hairumubushi Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kohama-jima, Island Countryside Settlement, Kondoi Beach
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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, then identify plant and animal life at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nakama-river Protected Region, and finally contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tenryuji Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Kurama and Mt. Wakakusa. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Kyoto by combination of ferry, flight, and train takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Iriomote-jima in December; daily highs in Kyoto reach 52°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nara
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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.
Kick 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, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Nachi Primeval Forest, explore the activities along Nachi Forest, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudarakusanji Temple, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally step off the mainland to explore Kinomatsushima Island.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in December, Nachikatsura-cho is a bit warmer at night with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yamato-hime Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kazahinominomiya, then get engrossed in the history at Jingu Chokokan Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ise travel route website.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January in Ise, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums
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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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