17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Nikko
— 1 night
Train to Kita-Senju Station, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Izumo
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Fly

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Tokyo

— 2 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Kids will appreciate attractions like Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and wander the streets of Ginza.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo travel planner.

Oklahoma City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Oklahoma City to Tokyo, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Oklahoma City in November, Tokyo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:

Nikko

— 1 night
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 16th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, then admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Nikko trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are little chillier, around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 16:

Ishigaki

— 2 nights
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 17th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and finally kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach. Keep things going the next day: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and then explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nikko to Ishigaki in 7.5 hours. When traveling from Nikko in November, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Ishigaki: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Attractions like Toguchi no Hama and Scuba & Snorkeling make great kid-friendly stops. Explore hidden gems such as Shimojiiima Island and Aragusuku Beach. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In November in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Izumo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:

Izumo

— 2 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamosu Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, and finally step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Inasa Beach, contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, get engrossed in the history at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hinomisaki Shrine, then visit a coastal fixture at Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Izumo online vacation planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Izumo in 6.5 hours. While traveling from Miyakojima, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Izumo, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 23:

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Arashiyama. Get some historical perspective at Kinkaku-ji and Tenryuji Temple. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto attractions site.

You can drive from Izumo to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 28:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.