19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Ishigaki
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 45​min
4
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Ise
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Kagoshima
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Singapore

1
night
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 12th (Thu): kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. On your second day here, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and then take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki travel planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Ishigaki is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get little chillier in Ishigaki: highs are around 26°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 14th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Yabiji. Get in touch with nature at Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima road trip planner .

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima by ferry takes about 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 19th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock, don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho travel route builder .

Do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Nachikatsura-cho in 7 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in December, things will get little chillier in Nachikatsura-cho: highs are around 14°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow 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 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, make a trip to Oharai-machi, take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aramatsurinomiya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ise route planner .

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in December, you will find days in Ise are little chillier (11°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums
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Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tofuku-ji Temple and Photography Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner .

Drive from Ise to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Ise in December, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
night
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
On the 25th (Wed), take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, then take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka, and then don't miss a visit to Shirakawa Springs.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Takachiho-cho journey builder site .

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Takachiho-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. December in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shirakawa Springs
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

3
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then take a memorable drive along JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, then take an in-depth tour of Chiran Peace Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Chiran Samurai Residence Garden. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Shiroyama, take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kirishima Shrine, and finally make a trip to Kareigawa Station.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima online trip maker .

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Kagoshima in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kirishima, Minamikyushu, Ibusuki
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Kirishima Shrine ©
Kirishima Shrine
Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum
Sengan-en Garden ©
Sengan-en Garden

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