16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
3
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry
4
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Tokyo. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Miyakojima.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks
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Miyakojima — 3 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yabiji and Irabu Ohashi. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, head off the coast to Kouri Island, kick back and relax at Sawada no hama Beach, and take in the pleasant sights at Imugya Marine Garden.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in October; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 33°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.
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Iriomote-jima — 1 night

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima journey builder.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In October in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Yonehara Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, look for gifts at Ibaruma Farm Fruits Chokubaijo, and stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip maker app.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.
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Hiroshima — 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip maker tool.

Getting from Ishigaki to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in October, with highs in Hiroshima at 26°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.
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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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Kofuku-ji Temple in Nara--about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.
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