15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Ferry:  1​h
6
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly:  6​h
7
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Singapore

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 16th (Sat), examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, and then examine the collection at Yamato Museum.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima tour builder website .

Singapore, Singapore to Hiroshima is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in May, things will get a bit cooler in Hiroshima: highs are around 28°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Shop till you drop at Dotonbori and Daimaru Museum Umeda. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Osaka Castle in Osaka, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a stroll through Gion, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then take a stroll through Ginza, and finally don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): take a stroll through Odaiba and then take a stroll through Minato Mirai 21.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21

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 23rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, then get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach. On your second day here, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, then step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, and finally head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island.

To find out how to plan a trip to Miyakojima, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Tokyo to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. In May, Miyakojima is somewhat warmer than Tokyo - with highs of 32°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
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.
On the 25th (Mon), kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki online travel planner .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 26th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, head outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

2
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins, then look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, step into the grandiose world of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, then step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins, and finally explore the historical opulence of Zakimi Castle Ruins.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Onna-son trip itinerary builder app .

Explore your travel options from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Iriomote-jima in May; daily highs in Onna-son reach 30°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Zakimi Castle Ruins, Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Nakijin Castle Ruins
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

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