15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Taketomi-jima
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Taketomi-jima
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 1 night
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Kyoto

— 3 nights
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.
Attractions like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple make great kid-friendly stops. Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Dotombori District. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Kyoto is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Jakarta to Kyoto, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Jakarta in January, with highs in Kyoto at 10°C and lows at 1°C. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

Taketomi-jima

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and then make a trip to Nagomi Tower.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Taketomi-jima day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Kyoto to Taketomi-jima takes 7 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in January, expect Taketomi-jima to be warmer, temps between 24°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:

Ishigaki

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Taketomi-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get outdoors at Sunayama Beach and Shimojiiima Island. Attractions like Toguchi no Hama and Irabu Ohashi make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Kouri Island, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima travel route app.

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:

Naha

— 4 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Cape Manzamo. Popular historic sites such as Nakijin Castle Ruins and Shurijo Castle are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park (in Motobu-cho), Itoman (Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Himeyuri Peace Museum, &more) and Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo). The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, make a trip to Yachimun Street, and look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Naha itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Miyakojima to Naha in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Naha are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.