15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Miyakojima
— 1 night
ferry:  4​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
4
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Matsue
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Auckland

1
night
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 21st (Thu): stroll through Sunayama Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach. On the next day, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, then take in the views from Irabu Bridge, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip itinerary planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Miyakojima is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Auckland to Miyakojima due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Auckland in November; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 30°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 23rd (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima driving holiday planner.

Traveling by ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 4 hours. In November, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, and finally stop by Pinion Direct Shop.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip maker app .

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In November, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yasaka Shrine, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Kyoto takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Ishigaki in November, plan for little chillier days in Kyoto, with highs around 19°C, while nights are colder with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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 29th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, examine the collection at Yamato Museum, then contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kure, Itsukushima Shrine
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

1
night
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
On the 1st (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle, look for gifts at Rihaku Shuzo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamosu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tamatsukuriyu Shrine, and finally admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Matsue vacation planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Matsue by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Matsue are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Kamosu Shrine ©
Kamosu Shrine
Shimane Art Museum ©
Shimane Art Museum

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 2nd (Mon): take a stroll through Ginza, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, then take a stroll through Takeshita Street, and finally examine the collection at Samurai Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Minato Mirai 21, take a stroll through Odaiba, and then view the masterpieces at Wa Space.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tokyo, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Matsue to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

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