15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + train:  19​h 15​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
2
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Ise
— 1 night
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

3
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 cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Get some historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara) and Dotonbori (in Osaka). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Washington DC to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nigatsu-do Temple, Dotonbori
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Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nachikatsura-cho when traveling from Kyoto in March, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

1
night
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ise driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in March, expect nights in Ise to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are slightly colder, around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums
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Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

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 8th (Sun): take in the views from Kurima Bridge, then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima day trip app .

Do a combination of train and flight from Ise to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ise in March: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 72°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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 10th (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, then walk around Banna Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in March, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Minato Mirai 21 and Tokyo National Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sensō-ji and Ginza. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Odaiba, shop like a local with Takeshita Street, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip site .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Ishigaki in March, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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