15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto — 2 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.
Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kyoto Station Buildingfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and look for gifts at Hashiya Kaede.

Before you visit Kyoto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Dallas, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 15 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Dallas in June, with highs in Kyoto at 81°F and lows at 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can take a train to Osaka.
Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 19:

Osaka — 3 nights

Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotombori District and Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Nara Park & Japan Tour Adventure in Nara). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In June in Osaka, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chatan-cho.
Theme Parks · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 22:

Chatan-cho — 1 night

Known for its American military bases, Chatan-cho has lacked the tourism appeal of other towns on the island, yet offers a pleasant beach getaway.
On the 23rd (Thu), look for gifts at Kaboten no Mise Nakasone, surround yourself with nature on Japanguide Junko, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chatan-cho trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Chatan-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Osaka in June since evenings lows in Chatan-cho dip to 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Motobu-cho.
Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

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.
On the 24th (Fri), browse the eclectic array of goods at Nago Gyokyo market, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stop by Farmer's Market Haisai! Yanbaru Market, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Sesoko Labyrinth. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the gorgeous colors at USS Emmons, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Chatan-cho to Motobu-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.
Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:

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.
On the 26th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and then stop by Inafuku Shuhan Honten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Cape Ongazaki, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, then make a trip to Euglena Mall, and finally visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 27:

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Wagashi Asobi. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in June, expect Tokyo to be little chillier, temps between 79°F and 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:

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.