9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Ishigaki
— 1 night
2
Miyakojima
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
4
Hakodate
— 1 night
5
Tokyo
— 1 night

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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 11th (Tue): get outside with Kondoi Beach and then look for gifts at Yurateiku Market. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, then get outside with Yonehara Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki day trip site.

London, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Ishigaki. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 26°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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Miyakojima

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 13th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, then get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally take in the views from Kurima Bridge.

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

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tofuku-ji Temple and Toji. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Minami (Namba) (in Namba). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and wander the streets of Gion.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Kyoto takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Miyakojima in December, plan for little chillier days in Kyoto, with highs around 13°C, while nights are colder with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 17th (Mon), hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, then stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally visit Motomachi.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate online day trip planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Hakodate in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kyoto in December, with highs in Hakodate at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse ©
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street, then wander the streets of Ginza, and then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hakodate in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street

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