11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
train:  2​h 30​min
1
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
3
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
4
Miyakojima
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Okinawa City
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa and then examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then examine the collection at Ochaya Art Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner .

Tokyo to Kanazawa is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Gongenmori Beach
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

2
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 10th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hosomi Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto holiday planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

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 11th (Wed), stroll through Kondoi Beach, get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kyoto in September: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 37°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Ishigaki Yaima Village ©
Ishigaki Yaima Village

1
night
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 12th (Thu): examine the collection at Yukishio Museum, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Atarasu Ichiba, then visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Aragusuku Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, and then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

2
nights
Okinawa City

Okinawa City ©
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): kick back and relax at Sunset Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, then shop like a local with Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and finally step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Okinawa City trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Miyakojima to Okinawa City with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Onna-son, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, Sunset Beach
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Sunset Beach ©
Sunset Beach
Katsuren Castle Ruins ©
Katsuren Castle Ruins
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins ©
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 16th (Mon), examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, and finally examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and then examine the collection at Naifs.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Okinawa City to Osaka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Kobe, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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