17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Naha
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Matsue
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + train:  3​h 45​min
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Seattle

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 2nd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple and then wander the streets of Odaiba.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary app .

Seattle, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Seattle to Tokyo. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in May, with highs in Tokyo at 76°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stroll through Yonehara Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory. Keep things going the next day: stop by Pinion Direct Shop, then get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, and then stroll through Kondoi Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in May, things will get a bit warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 84°F and lows about 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stroll through Toguchi no Hama, snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, then take in the views from Kurima Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunayama Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Miyakojima route builder .

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

2
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, then contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, and finally pause for some photo ops at Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, and then step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Naha trip planner .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Naha in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Sefa-Utaki, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Onna Station Nakayukui Market, Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum
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Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Katsuren Castle Ruins ©
Katsuren Castle Ruins

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Naha to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Naha in May, Hiroshima is a bit cooler at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kure, Itsukushima Shrine
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tamatsukuriyu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tateiwa Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Adachi Museum of Art, and finally stop by Rihaku Shuzo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, get answers to all your questions at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Karakama Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Matsue Castle.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Matsue trip planning tool .

You can drive from Hiroshima to Matsue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art
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Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station

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 Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ryoanji Temple. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Dotonbori in Osaka--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

Plan trip to Kyoto with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Matsue to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Dotonbori
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toji ©
Toji

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