15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Okinawa City
2
Okinawa City
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
4
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Tokyo — 3 nights

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.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. In October, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Ottawa - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Okinawa City.
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Okinawa City — 3 nights

Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. On the 20th (Thu), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Okinawa City driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Tokyo to Okinawa City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll travel to Ishigaki.
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Ishigaki — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki visit planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Okinawa City to Ishigaki. October in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.
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Hiroshima — 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip maker site.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in October, with highs in Hiroshima at 26°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.
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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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Universal Studios Japan, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip planning website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Japan travel guide

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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.
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