18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Onna-son
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Sendai
— 1 night
Fly:  20​h
End: Newark

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.
Popular historic sites such as Zojo-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Nezu Shrine and Tokyo National Museum. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), get to know the fascinating history of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, steep yourself in history at Hozomon, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hie Jinjya.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip maker site .

Newark, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Yanaka ©
Yanaka

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 22nd (Thu): head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip planner .

Fly from Tokyo to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in April, things will get a bit warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 78°F and lows about 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 24th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally get outside with Aragusuku Beach. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours, identify plant and animal life at Yabiji, then get outside with Sunayama Beach, and finally snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima day trip planner .

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

1
night
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Zakimi Castle Ruins, then make a trip to Cape Maeda, then make a trip to Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Onna-son road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Onna-son when traveling from Miyakojima in April, with lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Zakimi Castle Ruins
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Zakimi Castle Ruins ©
Zakimi Castle Ruins
Onna Station Nakayukui Market ©
Onna Station Nakayukui Market

2
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): stop by Iwasaki Honpo Nishihama Machiten, take a stroll through Shinchi Chinatown, examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, take an in-depth tour of 26 Martyrs Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, and finally steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, then take a stroll around The Confucian Temple, the Chinese Museum of Successive Generations, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Ōura Church.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nagasaki tour builder site .

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Onna-son in April: high temperatures in Nagasaki hover around 67°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:
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Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine
Ōura Church ©
Ōura Church
Shinchi Chinatown ©
Shinchi Chinatown

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tenryuji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nanzen-ji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Ise Shrine Geku in Ise, approximately 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, and steep yourself in history at Daigo-ji Temple.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip builder site .

Getting from Nagasaki to Kyoto by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Ise Shrine Geku
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 3:
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Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

1
night
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 4th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Osaki Hachiman Shrine, browse the exhibits of Aoba Castle Museum, make a trip to Sendaijo Ato, then take an in-depth tour of Sendai City Museum, and finally make a trip to Sunmall Ichibancho.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sendai road trip planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Sendai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in May: highs in Sendai hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay May 3 — 4:
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Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Sendai City Museum ©
Sendai City Museum
Osaki Hachiman Shrine ©
Osaki Hachiman Shrine

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