16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Fukuoka
Train:  2 h 45 min
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Ferry:  1 h 15 min
4
Taketomi-jima
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly:  4 h
End: Fukuoka

4
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Popular historic sites such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle are in your itinerary. Step out of Kyoto to go to Dotombori and see Dotombori District, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Arashiyama, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and visit Gion.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planning website.

Fukuoka to Kyoto is an approximately 3- hour train ride. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

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
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
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.
Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Tokyo National Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, stop by Omotesando, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and wander the streets of Ginza.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Tokyo are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sunayama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. You'll get in some beach time at Aragusuku Beach and Yonaha Maehama Beach. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, look for gifts at Furusato, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and enjoy the sand and surf at Maja Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima vacation planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Miyakojima by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Miyakojima are somewhat warmer (25°C), and nights are warmer (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

2
nights
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.
Visiting Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Tamatorizaki Observatory. Step out of Taketomi-jima with an excursion to Cape Hirakubozaki in Ishigaki--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach, get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, and take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

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You can ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Taketomi-jima in 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ishigaki, Taketomi-cho
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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