15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
1
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Ferry
2
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Motobu-cho
4
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Tokyo
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly to Nanki Shirahama, Train to Nachikatsura-cho
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki — 1 night

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.
On the 17th (Sat), take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, and then walk around Banna Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, then walk around Kabira Park, and finally explore the activities along Kabira Bay.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Ishigaki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 7 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, you will find days in Ishigaki are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

Iriomote-jima — 1 night

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. December in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:

Miyakojima — 2 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, then make a trip to East Henna Cape, and finally take in the views from Kurima Bridge.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In December in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, and finally head off the coast to Minnajima Island. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins, then stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and finally stroll through Emerald Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho online visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Motobu-cho takes 5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in December, Motobu-cho is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

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.
On the 24th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, then wander the streets of Ginza, and finally discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Tokyo Skytree, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip website.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Tokyo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Motobu-cho in December, expect Tokyo to be little chillier, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nachikatsura-cho.
Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Nachikatsura-cho — 1 night

The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seiganto-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Tokyo to Nachikatsura-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 8°C in Nachikatsura-cho. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kyoto.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Kyoto — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in December, with lows around 4°C. You will leave for home on the 30th (Fri).
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

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.