11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik
Fly + train:  19​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  45​min
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Reykjavik


2
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.
Visit Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Toji and Yasaka Shrine. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour itinerary planner .

Reykjavik, Iceland to Kyoto is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Reykjavik to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Reykjavik, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Fri), stroll through Banna Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki route app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kyoto in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 30°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 7th (Sun), kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonaha Maehama Beach. On the next day, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, then take in the views from Irabu Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes an hour. April in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take a stroll through Odaiba and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Miyakojima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Miyakojima in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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