13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Taipei
Drive:  9​h
1
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Taipei

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, then stroll through Kondoi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fusaki Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Nei Museum of Art.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary maker .

Taipei, Taiwan to Ishigaki is an approximately 9-hour car ride. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay

2
nights
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 5th (Mon): stroll through Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and then stroll through Tomori Imugya Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach and then kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2 hours. August in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stroll through Mikasahama Beach, head off the coast to Miyajima, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima online trip maker .

Getting from Miyakojima to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. In August in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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.
Appreciate the collections at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Dotonbori (in Osaka) and Nara Park (in Nara). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

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Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kyoto are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Takeshita Street. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka, about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Odaiba, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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