13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Gibraltar
bus + Fly:  25​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 15​min
3
Ise
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
+2
train + Fly + bus:  23​h
End: Gibraltar

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba. Explore hidden gems such as Kitchen Town (Kappabashi) and Marunouchi. There's more to do: take a stroll through Ueno and kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo online sightseeing planner .

Gibraltar, Gibraltar to Tokyo is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Gibraltar to Tokyo. Traveling from Gibraltar in March, expect Tokyo to be slightly colder, temps between 17°C and 7°C. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cape Hirakubozaki and Kuroshima Lighthouse. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kondoi Beach and Island Countryside Settlement. Step out of Ishigaki to go to Kuro-shima and see Nakamoto Beach, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, kick back and relax at Shiraho Beach, take a stroll through Misaki Town, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Torinji Temple.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki visit planner .

You can fly from Tokyo to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect nights in Ishigaki to be much hotter, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kuro-shima, Kondoi Beach, Island Countryside Settlement
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, steep yourself in history at Aramatsurinomiya, then contemplate the long history of Izawanomiya, then contemplate the long history of Hinjitsukan, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Meotoiwa.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Ise trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Ise in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight, bus, and train. When traveling from Ishigaki in March, plan for cooler days in Ise, with highs around 13°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Izawanomiya
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Meotoiwa ©
Meotoiwa
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Izawanomiya ©
Izawanomiya

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.
Get some historical perspective at Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tofuku-ji Temple and Pontocho. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto online itinerary maker .

You can drive from Ise to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. Traveling from Ise in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Kyoto. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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