9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Train:  12 h
1
Ise
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 30 min
3
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: Singapore

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 6th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Saiku Histrical Museum, steep yourself in history at Saiku Heian no Mori, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naiku Kaguraden, and finally look for gifts at Hakutaka Miyake Shoten.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ise online visit planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Ise is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Ise is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get much colder in Ise: highs are around 11°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ise

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Meiwa-cho
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Saiku Histrical Museum ©
Saiku Histrical Museum

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get outside with Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House, contemplate the long history of Tomori no Amai, then see the interesting displays at Miyakojima City Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Atarasu Ichiba, examine the collection at Underground Dam Museum, and then get outside with Sea Sky Hakuai.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima vacation planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Ise to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Ise in December: highs in Miyakojima hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites
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Miyakojima City Museum ©
Miyakojima City Museum
Underground Dam Museum ©
Underground Dam Museum
Miyako Shrine ©
Miyako Shrine

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.
On the 9th (Mon), get your game on at Forest Adventure in Onna, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then see the interesting displays at Oceanic Culture Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Urasoe Castle Ruins, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirumichu, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Helios Distillery, and finally stop by Farmer's Market Haisai! Yanbaru Market.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Onna-son online journey planner .

Getting from Miyakojima to Onna-son by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Onna-son. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Onna-son

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Nago, Urasoe Castle Ruins, Shirumichu, Oceanic Culture Museum
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Urasoe Castle Ruins ©
Urasoe Castle Ruins
Oceanic Culture Museum ©
Oceanic Culture Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, stop by Yurateiku Market, and then examine the collection at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape and then examine the collection at MInsah Kogei Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Ishigaki in 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ishigaki when traveling from Onna-son in December, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, Island Countryside Settlement
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Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi ©
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Yurateiku Market ©
Yurateiku Market

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