11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  15​h 45​min
1
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  45​min
3
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Ferry:  15​min
4
Taketomi-jima
— Few hours
+4
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly + Train:  5​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

2
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): go for a stroll along the water at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Motobu-cho custom trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Motobu-cho is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from New Delhi in May: highs in Motobu-cho hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©

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 22nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach and then stroll through Sunayama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then kick back and relax at Toguchinohama, then take in the views from Irabu Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Miyakojima takes 4.5 hours. In May in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

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 24th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Ishigaki Yaima Village.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki travel planner.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Ishigaki Yaima Village ©
Ishigaki Yaima Village
Scuba & Snorkeling

few
hours
Taketomi-jima

Taketomi-jima ©
A tiny island in the Yae-yama archipelago, Taketomi-jima enjoys popularity as a beach getaway, best known for its stretches of "star sand"--sand made up of tiny star-shaped exoskeletons of ancient fossils.
For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho sightseeing planner.

Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho is very close to Ishigaki. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get your bearings at Fushimi Inari Taisha and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Gion, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

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

You can do a combination of flight and train from Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. In May, Kyoto is slightly colder than Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Family-friendly places like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo DisneySea will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for little chillier days in Tokyo, with highs around 25°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Highlights from your plan
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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