15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Naha Airport / JASDF Naha Air Base, Drive to Kunigami-son
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Kunigami-son
— 1 night
Drive
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly

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Kunigami-son — 1 night

Although the village of Kunigami-son spreads across a large area, it remains sparsely populated, with lots of wild land protected from development.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Daisekirinzan, then get great views at Cape Hedo, and then kick back and relax at Okuma Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Kunigami-son online holiday maker.

Brisbane, Australia to Kunigami-son is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. You can also travel. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Kunigami-son. In December, Kunigami-son is slightly colder than Brisbane - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Motobu-cho.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Motobu-cho — 2 nights

Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, then take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, and finally stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and then kick back and relax at Emerald Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Kunigami-son to Motobu-cho takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Motobu-cho can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Miyakojima — 2 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and then snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, then don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and then stroll through Sunayama Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Motobu-cho in December, Miyakojima is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Iriomote-jima — 1 night

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima travel planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.
Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): walk around Banna Park, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): explore the activities along Kabira Bay, walk around Kabira Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip planning tool.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Kyoto — 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in January, expect Kyoto to be much colder, temps between 10°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

Tokyo — 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and then wander the streets of Ginza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online travel route planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

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.