19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Sendai Airport
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Sendai
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Sendai

Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stop by Ota Tofu Shop, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiogama Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, then savor the flavors at Itagaki, Asaichi, and finally take a stroll through Sunmall Ichibancho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery, take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, then get engrossed in the history at Sendai City Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, and finally contemplate the long history of Osaki Hachiman Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sendai trip planner.

Newark, USA to Sendai is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of car 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, expect nights in Sendai to be somewhat warmer, around 53°F, while days are little chillier, around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:

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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 Daigo-ji Temple and Myoshinji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Kamigamo Shrine and Fudo-do. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple, and browse for treasures at Maiko Antiques Kyoto.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Sendai to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Sendai, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:

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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 25th (Sun): kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On the next day, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip builder.

Fly from Kyoto to Ishigaki in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 78°F and lows about 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, and finally make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:

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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 29th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Katsuren Castle Ruins, then browse the different shops at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Onna-son online visit planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Onna-son by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in April, expect little chillier with lows of 63°F in Onna-son. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nezu Shrine and Hozomon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Toshogu Shrine and Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Pola Museum of Art in Hakone-machi--about 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kitanomaru Park, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, examine the collection at Fire Museum, and take a stroll through Yanaka District.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip tool.

Getting from Onna-son to Tokyo by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Onna-son in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 67°F and lows reach 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 5:

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Aquariums
Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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