17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
2
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
3
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
4
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
+5
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly + Subway + Train:  6 h 45 min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Newark

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tokyo National Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read Tokyo itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in March, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 58°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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 27th (Sat): go for a walk through Nishihenna Cape, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, then take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, make a trip to East Henna Cape, then enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Imugya Marine Garden.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima tour itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Tokyo to Miyakojima in 5 hours. In March, Miyakojima is a bit warmer than Tokyo - with highs of 72°F and lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
East Henna Cape ©
East Henna Cape
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi

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 29th (Mon): get great views at Cape Ongazaki, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally walk around Banna Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, walk around Kabira Park, head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site, then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip site.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): head off the coast to Iriomote Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and then glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima road trip website.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. March in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

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 2nd (Fri), go for a walk through Kintaikyo Bridge and then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima road trip planning app.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Hiroshima by combination of ferry, flight, and train takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Iriomote-jima in April, with highs in Hiroshima at 67°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kintaikyo Bridge
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

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.
On the 4th (Sun), admire the striking features of Jishu Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, then admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, and finally make a trip to Omicho Market. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, then take a stroll through Gokayama, and finally don't miss a visit to Zuiryuji Temple.

For ratings and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa travel route planning tool.

Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kyoto in April since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nanto, Zuiryuji Temple
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

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