15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Boracay
+2
Ferry + Foot + Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Fly + Foot + Ferry:  10 h
End: Boracay

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally take in the views from Kurima Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, then visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, and finally get outside with Toguchi no Hama.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima tour itinerary builder.

Boracay, Philippines to Miyakojima is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Traveling from Boracay to Miyakojima, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Boracay in December; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 25°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): walk around Banna Park, stroll around Kabira Park, then get outside with Yonehara Beach, then get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. On the next day, shop like a local with Nei Museum of Art, kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, and finally stop by Yurateiku Market.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. December in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Minato Mirai 21 and Odaiba. Do your shopping at Ginza and Takeshita Street. Change things up with a short trip to Yokohama Chinatown in Naka (about 50 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Asakusa, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

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You can fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in December, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit cooler (14°C), and nights are much colder (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yokohama
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Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gokayama and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Oyama Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Tsuzumi Gate, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Kanazawa are little chillier (11°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Gokayama
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

4
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotonbori and Nishiki Market Shopping District. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ise Shrine Geku and Sarutahiko Shrine. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Ise (Oharai-machi & Okageza) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

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Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Ise, Todai-ji Temple, Dotonbori
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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