9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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Hiroshima
— 1 day
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
4
Nakijin-son
— 2 nights

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): make a trip to Okonomimura, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Hiroshima is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Wellington in December, expect Hiroshima to be little chillier, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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Okonomimura ©
Okonomimura
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Banna Park, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki itinerary tool.

Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Hiroshima, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Nishi Pier ©
Nishi Pier
Banna Park ©
Banna Park

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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 27th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Kurima Bridge, then enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then make a trip to East Henna Cape, and finally snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In December in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Nakijin-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Kurima Bridge ©
Kurima Bridge
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse

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Nakijin-son

Nakijin-son ©
Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Emerald Beach. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, then meet the residents at Okichan Theater, and then stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

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Do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Nakijin-son in 6 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in December, Nakijin-son is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trip

Motobu-cho
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park
Emerald Beach ©
Emerald Beach
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

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