19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner
Make it your trip
— 3 nights
— 4 nights
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Drive to Naha Airport / JASDF Naha Air Base, Fly to Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
— 3 nights


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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rikugien Garden and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 30th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder site.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Kyoto.
Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, Universal Studios Japan, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, admire the striking features of Jishu Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Motobu-cho.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:

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 7th (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and then go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and then contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Motobu-cho trip itinerary app.

Getting from Kyoto to Motobu-cho by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in January; daily highs in Motobu-cho reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kunigami-son.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Daisekirinzan and then take some stellar pictures from Cape Hedo.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kunigami-son day trip website.

Traveling by car from Motobu-cho to Kunigami-son takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Kunigami-son are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Miyakojima.
Nature · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as East Henna Cape and Toguchi no Hama. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and head off the coast to Shimojishima Island.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima day trip planning app.

Explore your travel options from Kunigami-son to Miyakojima with the Route module. Traveling from Kunigami-son in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Miyakojima. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

Iriomote-jima — 1 night

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima online trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. January in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.
Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 13:
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Banna Park and Kabira Park. Spend 14th (Sat) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach, and take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

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You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:

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.