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): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho tour planner.

New Delhi, India to Motobu-cho is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from New Delhi to Motobu-cho due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New Delhi in May, plan for cooler days in Motobu-cho, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time 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.
On the 22nd (Mon), kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchinohama, then snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Ishigaki Yaima Village.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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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.
To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho vacation trip planner.

Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho is very close to Ishigaki. In May in Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for 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.
On the 26th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari Taisha and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Gion, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour 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 a bit cooler than Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu, discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and stop by Tsukiji Market.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for slightly colder 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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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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