15 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

15 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Onna-son, Japan
— 1 night
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 3 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nijo Castle and Osaka Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Minami (Namba) (in Namba) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

Plan my day in Kyoto using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Washington DC, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Kyoto is 14 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Onna-son.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Onna-son, Japan

— 1 night
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): kick back and relax at Manza Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, then Head underground at Blue Cave, and finally make a trip to Cape Maeda.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Onna-son trip site.

You can fly from Kyoto to Onna-son in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Onna-son when traveling from Kyoto in September, with lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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Miyakojima, Japan

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Toguchi no Hama, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, and finally explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to East Henna Cape, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then head off the coast to Shimojishima Island, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakanoshima Beach.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Onna-son to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in September, and nighttime lows around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Ishigaki, Japan

— 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cape Hirakubozaki and Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kondoi Beach and Island Countryside Settlement. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, stroll around Kabira Park, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, and take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ishigaki day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. September in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Seoul.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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Seoul, South Korea

— 4 nights
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changgyeonggung Palace. Step off the beaten path and head to Hwaseong Fortress and National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (branch). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, see the interesting displays at Trickeye Museum Seoul, admire the landmark architecture of Deoksugung, and appreciate the history behind Jogyesa Temple.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Seoul travel route planning site.

Fly from Ishigaki to Seoul in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in September, things will get slightly colder in Seoul: highs are around 72°F and lows about 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Seoul

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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.