19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Naha
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4​h
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Madrid

3
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Island Countryside Settlement and Ishigaki Yaima Village. Appreciate the collections at Kuroshima Research Institute and Taketomi Yugafu-kan. Venture out of the city with trips to Kohama-jima (Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, Kubazaki Beach, & more) and Nakamoto Beach (in Kuro-shima). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torinji Temple, take a stroll through Misaki Town, and take an in-depth tour of Memorial Hall of Yoko Gushiken.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary maker site .

Madrid, Spain to Ishigaki is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Ishigaki is 8 hours. Traveling from Madrid in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ishigaki, with lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kohama-jima, Taketomi-jima, Kuro-shima, Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 1st (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Harimizu Utaki, see the interesting displays at Yukishio Museum, examine the collection at Miyakojima City Museum, then examine the collection at Miyakojima Sea Treasure Museum, then examine the collection at Underground Dam Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Miyako Airport Observation Deck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyako Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Keiko Art Museunin Miyakojima, Okinawa, examine the collection at Miyakojima City Traditional Crafts Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast, and finally see the interesting displays at Sabaoki Park Observatory Facility.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima vacation maker .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Miyakojima City Museum ©
Miyakojima City Museum
Yukishio Museum ©
Yukishio Museum
Underground Dam Museum ©
Underground Dam Museum

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.
On the 3rd (Thu), get a new perspective on nature at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, explore the world behind art at Sakima Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Urasoe Castle Ruins, then explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, and finally examine the collection at Tsushimamaru Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, wander the streets of Minatogawa Stateside Town, then contemplate the long history of Sonohyan Utaki Stone Gate, then see the interesting displays at Naha Municipal Tsuboya pottery Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Naminoue-gu Shrine.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Naha vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Naha takes 2.5 hours. September in Naha sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Urasoe, Sefa-Utaki, Sakima Art Museum
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Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Appreciate the collections at JMSDF Kure Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Imaise Shrine, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Naha to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Naha in September, expect Hiroshima to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tenryuji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Mimurotoji Temple in Uji--about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, don't miss a visit to Gion, and wander the streets of Pontocho.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker tool .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Mimurotoji Temple
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Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

3
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 11th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), then contemplate the long history of Kencho-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), and finally have fun at teamLab☆Planets. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, then explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, and finally examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kamakura, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
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Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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