13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour itinerary builder

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Fly
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Ishigaki
— 1 day
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hatsukaichi
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Hatsukaichi
— 1 day
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki

— 1 day
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 15th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, then see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki road trip planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Ishigaki is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in May, you will find days in Ishigaki are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are much warmer (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 15 — 16:

Hatsukaichi

— 1 day
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then head outdoors with Mikasahama Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hatsukaichi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in May, expect Hatsukaichi to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay May 15 — 16:

Himeji

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle and then hike along Mt Shosha hiking.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary site.

Traveling by train from Hatsukaichi to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nara Park and Fuuka-Kimono. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Himeji in May: highs in Kyoto hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 1 night
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
On the 21st (Tue), take a peaceful walk through Aokigahara Forest, then identify plant and animal life at Sankodai, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 1 night
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Kido Pond, head outdoors with Shiga Kusatsu Kogen Route, and then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yamanouchi-machi, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

Tokyo

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder site.

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 26th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 22 — 26:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.