12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Visakhapatnam
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Miyakojima
— 1 night
Fly + train:  5​h 15​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Visakhapatnam

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Yonehara Beach and Cape Hirakubozaki. Visit Kondoi Beach and Fusaki Beach for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, get outside with Yarabudake, kick back and relax at Shiraho Beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

Visakhapatnam, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Visakhapatnam to Ishigaki, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

1
night
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 24th (Fri), kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, head outdoors with Tomori Imugya Beach, then head outdoors with Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally get outside with Toguchi no Hama.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip itinerary maker app .

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nara Park and Yodoryokuchi Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara) and Dotonbori (in Osaka). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Gion, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel website .

Getting from Miyakojima to Kyoto by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Miyakojima in January; daily highs in Kyoto reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Dotonbori
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake Kawaguchi and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Odaiba, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, and make a trip to Takeshita Street.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. January in Tokyo sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Kawaguchi
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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