12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Miyakojima
— 1 night
2
Ishigaki
— 1 night
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights

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night
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 11th (Wed): get outside with Toguchi no Hama, thensnap pictures at Kurima Bridge, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, and then make a trip to East Henna Cape.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima road trip website.

Ipoh, Malaysia to Miyakojima is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and flight; or fly. Traveling from Ipoh to Miyakojima, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ipoh in December, with highs in Miyakojima at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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night
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 13th (Fri): get outside with Kondoi Beach, head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

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Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, thenstop by Dotonbori Tsuribori, and then shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, thenwander the streets of Minami (Namba), and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Osaka online vacation planner.

Fly from Ishigaki to Osaka in 5.5 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in December; daily highs in Osaka reach °C and lows reach °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
Attractions like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kodai-ji Temple make great kid-friendly stops. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, stroll through Nanzen-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Mt. Kurama, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): wander the streets of Odaiba District and then get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

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Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

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