8 days in Japan Itinerary
8 days in Japan Itinerary
— 1 day
— 3 nights
— 1 night
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Nanjo
— 1 night
Bus to 旭橋駅, Fly to Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Mon, Feb 6 - Mon, Feb 13
Tokyo — 1 day
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 6th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.
To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo sightseeing planner.
If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport, Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base and Yokota Air Base. In February, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can fly to Kyoto.
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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.Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Dotombori District. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.
To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.
Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Ise.
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Ise — 1 night
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, stop by Hakutaka Miyake Shoten, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, then make a trip to Hinjitsukan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine.
To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ise trip maker website.
Getting from Kyoto to Ise by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ise when traveling from Kyoto in February, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nanjo.
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Nanjo — 1 night
With a long Pacific coastline, Nanjo offers fantastic views of the ocean from high cliffs covered with lush greenery, as well as from its long sandy beaches.Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stroll through Cape Chinen Park, contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, then admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala, then get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, and finally steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri.
To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nanjo tour itinerary planner.
Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Ise to Nanjo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Ise in February, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Nanjo: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.
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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.On the 12th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, stop by Yurateiku Market, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and then view the masterpieces at Nei Museum of Art.
For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki tour itinerary planner.
Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Nanjo to Ishigaki takes 4 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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Japan travel guide
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.