13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  14​h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
3
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Boston

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, and then wander the streets of Ueno.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Tokyo journey maker website .

Boston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Boston to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tenryuji Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Dotonbori in Osaka (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 76°F. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Dotonbori
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Toji ©
Toji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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 17th (Fri), see the sky in a new way at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan-Vera Ishigaki Island Observatory Station and then see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble. On the next day, stop by Yurateiku Market and then head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Ishigaki by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ishigaki when traveling from Kyoto in July, with lows around 82°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Get some historical perspective at Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) and Nezu Shrine. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nezu Museum and Kitchen Town (Kappabashi). See even more of Tokyo: take a stroll through Yanaka.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ishigaki in July since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)
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Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) ©
Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Nezu Museum ©
Nezu Museum

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