13 days in Japan Itinerary

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— 5 nights
Fly to Kumamoto, Bus to Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
— 1 night
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Miyakojima
— 2 nights
— 3 nights


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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kinkaku-ji and Sanjusangendo Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todai-ji Temple, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle.

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New Delhi, India to Kyoto is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 3.5 hour difference. Traveling from New Delhi in May, expect nights in Kyoto to be a bit cooler, around 17°C, while days are much colder, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.
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Takachiho-cho — 1 night

The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Yasugawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai.

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Getting from Kyoto to Takachiho-cho by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Onna-son.
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Onna-son — 1 night

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
On the 17th (Wed), kick back and relax at Manza Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Zakimi Castle Ruins, then explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, and finally make a trip to Cape Maeda.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Takachiho-cho to Onna-son takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Onna-son. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.
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Miyakojima — 2 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 18th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Harimizu Utaki, kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, see the interesting displays at Yukishio Museum, then explore the ancient world of Ninto zeiseki, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and finally snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyako Shrine, head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then make a trip to East Henna Cape, then get outside with Tomori Imugya Beach, and finally get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach.

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Getting from Onna-son to Miyakojima by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. May in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Ishigaki.
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Ishigaki — 3 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.
Cape Hirakubozaki and Taketomi Folk Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, don't miss a visit to Euglena Mall, head outdoors with Sunset Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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Japan travel guide

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.