8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Taketomi-jima
— 1 day
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Miyakojima
— 1 night

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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.
On the 16th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street, then ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Ginza and then stop by Odaiba District.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip site.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Tokyo reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

Before you visit Kyoto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Taketomi-jima

Taketomi-jima ©
A tiny island in the Yae-yama archipelago, Taketomi-jima enjoys popularity as a beach getaway, best known for its stretches of "star sand"--sand made up of tiny star-shaped exoskeletons of ancient fossils.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, then head outdoors with Kaiji Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Taketomi-jima trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Kyoto to Taketomi-jima takes 7 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in January, things will get much warmer in Taketomi-jima: highs are around 24°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Yurateiku Market
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Kaiji Beach ©
Kaiji Beach
Yurateiku Market ©
Yurateiku Market

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 21st (Mon), kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Taketomi-jima to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. In January in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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