14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  20​h
End: Boston

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.
Visit Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Odaiba and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

Boston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Boston to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Boston in May; daily highs in Tokyo reach 76°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 22nd (Fri), kick back and relax at Boraga Beach, get outside with Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Nagamahama Beach Coast. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, kick back and relax at Ikizu Beach, kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally get outside with Aragusuku Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Miyakojima by flight takes about 4.5 hours. In May, Miyakojima is somewhat warmer than Tokyo - with highs of 82°F and lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Beaches 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 24th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, and finally head outdoors with Paddle Park.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Miyakojima in May, with highs in Hiroshima at 75°F and lows at 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

5
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 Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, & more) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Dotonbori). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and look for all kinds of wild species at Yase Momiji no Komichi.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka, Himeji Castle
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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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