15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  32​h
1
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1​h 15​min
3
Taketomi-jima
— 2 nights
+4
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly + Train:  5​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, then make a trip to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and then meet the residents at Okichan Theater.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Motobu-cho trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Motobu-cho is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 15 hours. Traveling from Chicago in April, expect nights in Motobu-cho to be much warmer, around 63°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (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 ©

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Family-friendly places like Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Irabu Bridge and Shimoji-jima Island. There's lots more to do: make a trip to East Henna Cape, stroll through Toguchinohama, enjoy the sand and surf at Maja Beach, and take in the views from Kurima Bridge.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima travel planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in April, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach, then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, and then take some stellar pictures from Nagomi Tower.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Miyakojima to Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho by combination of flight and ferry takes about 1.5 hours. April in Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Kaiji Beach ©
Kaiji Beach
Nagomi Tower ©
Nagomi Tower

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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Universal Studios Japan about 1:15 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, get your bearings at Fushimi Inari Taisha, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto vacation planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho in April: highs in Kyoto hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Family-friendly places like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building will thrill your kids. Have a day of magic on the 27th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu, admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea, and stop by Tsukiji Market.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo vacation trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 56°F. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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