11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Krakow
Fly + train:  22​h 45​min
1
Himeji
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Naha
— 1 night
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  1​h 45​min
4
Taketomi-jima
— 1 day
ferry:  1​h 15​min
5
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  23​h 30​min
End: Krakow

1
day
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, and then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Himeji trip builder.

Krakow, Poland to Himeji is an approximately 23-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. When traveling from Krakow in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari Taisha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera. On the next day, wander the streets of Gion, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip generator.

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): stroll through Naminoue Beach, then kick back and relax at Tropical Beach, and then step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Naha itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi from Kyoto to Naha takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Kyoto in September, Naha is a bit warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Tropical Beach
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Tropical Beach ©
Tropical Beach
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Naminoue Beach
Naminoue Beach

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaiji Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach, and then get great views at Nagomi Tower.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho holiday planner.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry from Naha to Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho in 2 hours. September in Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Kaiji Beach ©
Kaiji Beach
Nagomi Tower ©
Nagomi Tower

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, taxi, and flight from Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho to Miyakojima takes 1.5 hours. September in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

2
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.
Imperial Palace and Tokyo National Museum will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo online itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Miyakojima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Miyakojima, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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