11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + train:  13​h 15​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Ise
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Miyakojima
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
5
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Dubai

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Toji and Chion-in Temple. Popular historic sites such as Tofuku-ji Temple and Nijo Castle are in your itinerary. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary maker website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Kyoto is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Kyoto is 5 hours. Traveling from Dubai in April, things will get cooler in Kyoto: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1
night
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 6th (Mon), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, don't miss a visit to Oharai-machi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ise online day trip planner .

You can drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect nights in Ise to be somewhat warmer, around 18°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Toba Aquarium
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Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

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.
On the 7th (Tue), take a stroll through Odaiba and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Ise to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Ise in April, expect little chillier with lows of 12°C in Tokyo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ginza ©
Ginza

1
night
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima online route planner .

You can fly from Tokyo to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 29°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi

2
nights
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 10th (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Nei Museum of Art and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip app .

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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