16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  28​h
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Matsue
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
3
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
4
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
5
Tanabe
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  31​h
End: Sao Paulo

1
night
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 14th (Sun): take a stroll through Odaiba and then get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, then take a stroll through Takeshita Street, and finally examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder app .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Japan Standard Time is 12 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in July; daily highs in Tokyo reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
On the 16th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tamatsukuriyu Shrine, then explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Gogin Karakoro Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, then explore the ancient world of Kojindani Ruin, and finally explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Matsue trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tokyo to Matsue in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art
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Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): stroll through Yonehara Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, then stroll around Kabira Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ishigaki road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Matsue to Ishigaki in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Matsue in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 32°C in Ishigaki. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 20th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, then take in the views from Irabu Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach.

Plan a Miyakojima trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. July in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Tanabe.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

1
night
Tanabe

Tanabe ©
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Oyunohara - Original Kumano Hongu Taisha Site, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hosshinmon Oji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyunohara. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Kumano Sansho Shrine, then stroll through Shirarahama Beach, then steep yourself in history at Kozan-ji Temple, and finally look for gifts at Nakata Foods Nakata Umeboshi Kobo.

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Tanabe takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in July, you will find days in Tanabe are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tanabe

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Shirahama-cho
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Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine
Shirarahama Beach ©
Shirarahama Beach

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.
Visit Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dotonbori and Sanjusangendo Temple. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Tanabe to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Dotonbori
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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