12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16 h
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  45 min
2
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  4 h 45 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Sydney

3
nights
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 19th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, then see the interesting displays at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and then stroll through Yonehara Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Fusaki Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki vacation trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Ishigaki is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 33°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, then take in the views from Irabu Bridge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach and then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima travel itinerary creator.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in an hour. October in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sanjusangendo Temple and Kiyomizu-dera. Popular historic sites such as Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Dotonbori in Osaka, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari Taisha, make a trip to Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tofuku-ji Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Miyakojima to Kyoto by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. In October, Kyoto is a bit cooler than Miyakojima - with highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Dotombori
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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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 27th (Fri): wander the streets of Ginza, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, then stop by The Tsukiji Market, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, wander the streets of Asakusa, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo vacation trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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