16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly + Train:  15 h
1
Tokyo
— 3 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
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h
6
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
7
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: London

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza Itoya Hontren or Omotesando. Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Fire Museum. The adventure continues: make a trip to Nezu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, and wander the streets of Yanaka.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. In April, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple

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 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku. Here are some ideas for day two: 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, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, browse the different shops at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, contemplate the long history of Katsuren Castle Ruins, then stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri, get engrossed in the history at Himeyuri Peace Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala, and finally step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Onna-son trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hiroshima to Onna-son in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Onna-son: highs are around 28°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Itoman, Naha, Valley of Gangala, Katsuren Castle Ruins, 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

1
night
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Onna-son in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Iriomote-jima, with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, stroll around Kabira Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the next day, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, stroll around Banna Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

To find ratings and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip itinerary planning tool.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In April in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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 17th (Fri): kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then head outdoors with Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Miyakojima trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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