15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
+2
Fly + subway + train:  10​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+3
train + subway + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
2
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  5​h
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
6
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
7
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
On the 10th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Kintaikyo Bridge, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Hiroshima is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Hiroshima. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kintaikyo Bridge
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

1
night
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 12th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho online vacation maker .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

2
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.
On the 13th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto visit planner .

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Kyoto by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple

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.
On the 15th (Fri), make a trip to Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Odaiba and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo route app .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. May in Tokyo sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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 (Sun), head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, walk around Banna Park, then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site, get outside with Yonehara Beach, then walk around Kabira Park, then get great views at Cape Ongazaki, and finally find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Ishigaki takes 5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect Ishigaki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 19th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Ida no Hama Beach, then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Yabiji. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, make a trip to East Henna Cape, take a memorable tour with Tours, and step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge

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