15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Izumo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nanzen-ji Temple and Toji. Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Dotombori (Dotombori District & Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jojakkoji Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Kyoto is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Kyoto is 7 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, expect Kyoto to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:

Koya-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Danjo Garan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Koya-cho day trip planning site.

Getting from Kyoto to Koya-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Izumo.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 1:

Izumo

— 2 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamosu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Adachi Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, and finally explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, make a trip to Former Taisha Station, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hinomisaki Shrine, then visit a coastal fixture at Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Taisha Shrine.

Discover how to plan a Izumo trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Koya-cho to Izumo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Izumo when traveling from Koya-cho in December, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, head outdoors with Toguchi no Hama, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, then make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally take in the views from Irabu Ohashi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Miyakojima day trip website.

Getting from Izumo to Miyakojima by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from Izumo in December, things will get much hotter in Miyakojima: highs are around 25°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:

Ishigaki

— 3 nights
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 6th (Mon), kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, stroll around Banna Park, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In December in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.