16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  45​min
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
4
Matsue
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Kochi
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Mexico City

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 31st (Sat): kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Atarasu Ichiba, then look for gifts at Furusato, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Shimoji-jima Island, snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip itinerary planning site .

Mexico City, Mexico to Miyakojima is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Miyakojima is 15 hours. Traveling from Mexico City in March, Miyakojima is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Ishigaki Yaima Village, stroll through Yonehara Beach, then see the interesting displays at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): stop by Inafuku Shuhan Honten and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip website .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes an hour. April in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): head off the coast to Miyajima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, then examine the collection at Yamato Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip maker app .

Do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Ishigaki in April: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kure, Miyajima
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Shinjiko Lake. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Adachi Museum of Art and then explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Matsue route maker website .

You can drive from Hiroshima to Matsue in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, Matsue is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Shinji Lake, Adachi Museum of Art
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Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

1
night
Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
On the 8th (Sun), make a trip to Kochi Castle, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market, and then stop by Hirome Ichiba.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kochi visit planner.

Drive from Matsue to Kochi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsue in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kochi, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kochi

Shopping Historic Sites
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Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Sunday Market
Sunday Market
Hirome Ichiba ©
Hirome Ichiba

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and then take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Minami (Namba), wander the streets of Dotonbori, and then step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Osaka tour itinerary builder website .

Getting from Kochi to Osaka by combination of flight and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 11th (Wed), hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, then get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, and finally stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Osaka to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Osaka in April, expect Hakodate to be slightly colder, temps between 12°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©
Hakodate Orthodox Church ©
Hakodate Orthodox Church

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): wander the streets of Ginza, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Minato Mirai 21, then take a stroll through Asakusa, then examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and finally take some stellar pictures from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Hakodate in April, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

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

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