13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Ishigaki
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train + bus:  3​h 30​min
5
Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore

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 4th (Fri): get outside with Kondoi Beach, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then get outside with Yonehara Beach, and finally head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki.

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Singapore, Singapore to Ishigaki is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Ishigaki to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the next day, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima visit planning site .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

2
nights
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 7th (Mon): kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, then step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, and finally head off the coast to Ikema-jima Island.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip planning app .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. December in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, shop like a local with Ginza, then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally make a trip to Takeshita Street. On your second day here, wander the streets of Odaiba and then wander the streets of Minato Mirai 21.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in December, you will find days in Tokyo are slightly colder (14°C), and nights are colder (4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

1
night
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, then wander the streets of Hakuba, then hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, and finally hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Hakuba-mura trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: high temperatures in Hakuba-mura hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
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Hakuba ©
Hakuba
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park ©
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Oharai-machi. Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sarutahiko Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Ise (Sengukan & Ise Shrine Geku) and Dotonbori (in Osaka). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kyoto tour itinerary website .

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Kyoto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, Kyoto is somewhat warmer than Hakuba-mura - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Ise, Dotonbori
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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