15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  15​h
1
Kyoto
— 1 night
2
Takayama
— 1 night
+2
train + Fly + bus:  9​h
3
Onna-son
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
5
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
6
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Portland

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 18th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Myoshinji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiyamadera Temple, and finally admire the masterpieces at Miho Museum. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, admire the natural beauty at Kyoto Botanical Garden, contemplate the long history of Honen-in, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), and finally contemplate the long history of Keage Incline.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Portland, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Portland to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Otsu, Miho Museum
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Myoshinji Temple ©
Myoshinji Temple
Ishiyamadera Temple ©
Ishiyamadera Temple
Miho Museum ©
Miho Museum

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daio-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama online day trip planner .

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Takayama are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Shopping Breweries & Distilleries
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Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum
Daiouji Temple ©
Daiouji Temple

2
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then admire the masterpieces at Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Busena Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Onna-son road trip website .

Do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Takayama to Onna-son in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April, Onna-son is a bit warmer than Takayama - with highs of 75°F and lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Busena Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Busena Beach ©
Busena Beach
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

3
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.
Get outdoors at Nakamoto Beach and Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Island Countryside Settlement and Iko Pier. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, examine the collection at Taketomi Yugafu-kan, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, and don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River.

Make your Ishigaki itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Ishigaki takes 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Onna-son in April since evenings lows in Ishigaki dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Kuro-shima
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
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Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Nosoko Mape ©
Nosoko Mape
Memorial Hall of Yoko Gushiken ©
Memorial Hall of Yoko Gushiken

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, then identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls, then kick back and relax at Todomari Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. April in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Wasurenaishi ©
Wasurenaishi

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Miyako Shrine. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nagamahama Beach Coast and Tomori Imugya Beach. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Toguchi no Hama, kick back and relax at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, and examine the collection at Miyakojima City Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip maker app .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in April, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Nagamahama Beach Coast ©
Nagamahama Beach Coast
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Tomori Imugya Beach ©
Tomori Imugya Beach

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