8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly + Drive:  4​h
1
Eiheiji-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Ise
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
train + Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
5
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
6
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Tokyo

1
night
Eiheiji-cho

Eiheiji-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): admire the verdant scenery at Kakusenkei Gorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Natadera Temple, then examine the collection at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, then step into the grandiose world of Maruoka Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Yokokan Garden.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Eiheiji-cho tour planning website .

Tokyo to Eiheiji-cho is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. In November, daily temperatures in Eiheiji-cho can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Ise.

Things to do in Eiheiji-cho

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Komatsu, Kakusenkei Gorge, Maruoka Castle, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Yokokan Garden
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Maruoka Castle ©
Maruoka Castle
Yokokan Garden
Yokokan Garden

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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 2nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku.

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You can drive from Eiheiji-cho to Ise in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Eiheiji-cho in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ise, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Toba Aquarium
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Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho tour itinerary site .

Drive from Ise to Nachikatsura-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 4th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, make a trip to East Henna Cape, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, then snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi. On the next day, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, then step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Makiyama Observatory.

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You can do a combination of train and flight from Nachikatsura-cho to Miyakojima in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In December, Miyakojima is a bit warmer than Nachikatsura-cho - with highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Makiyama Observatory ©
Makiyama Observatory

1
night
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima itinerary app .

You can ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

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.
On the 7th (Sat), get outside with Yonehara Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, then walk around Banna Park, then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary app .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Nishi Pier ©
Nishi Pier
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

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