15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
3
Ishigaki
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
4
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
5
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Auckland

1
night
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 12th (Thu): take a stroll through Odaiba and then wander the streets of Ginza. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then take a stroll through Harajuku Takeshita-dori, and finally examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planning website .

Auckland, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in September, you will find days in Tokyo are warmer (32°C), and nights are a bit warmer (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

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.
Get some cultural insight at Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, and take a stroll through Gion.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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 17th (Tue), kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Ishigaki by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Kyoto in September, things will get a bit warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 37°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): head off the coast to Iriomote Island and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakano Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In September, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Nakano Beach ©
Nakano Beach

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji, enjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and stroll through Toguchi no Hama.

Make your Miyakojima itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. September in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

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