24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  7​h
2
Takachiho-cho
— 1 day
Train:  5​h 15​min
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
4
Kita
— 2 nights
Train:  15​min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Tsuruoka
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
8
Hakodate
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Kobe
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Sydney


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2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Miyako Shrine. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yabiji and Sunayama Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Harimizu Utaki, and don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip itinerary builder tool .

Sydney, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Miyakojima is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Sydney in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Miyakojima, with highs around 36°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Miyako Shrine ©
Miyako Shrine

1
day
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): go for a walk through Amanoyasu Kawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Takachiho-cho itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Miyakojima to Takachiho-cho takes 7 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in October, expect Takachiho-cho to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 2nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip app .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kita.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

2
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): examine the collection at Mint Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Nakanoshima Park and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kita trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daytime highs in Kita are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, take a stroll through Pontocho, and make a trip to Gion.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip builder site .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kita. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Natadera Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ainokura Gassho Community and Maruoka Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Wada House (in Shirakawa-mura), Nanto (Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo, Suganuma Gassho Community, & more) and Kakusenkei Gorge (in Kaga). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Shofukaku Garden.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawa-mura, Natadera Temple, Kakusenkei Gorge, Maruoka Castle
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

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nights
Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mt. Haguro and Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach. Get some historical perspective at Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda and Chidokan. Get out of town with these interesting Tsuruoka side-trips: Sakata (Kaikoji Temple & Sankyo Soko Storehouse) and Nikaho (Nakajimadai Shishigahana Marsh & Nakajimadai Recreation no Mori). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church, take an in-depth tour of Fujiswa Shuhei Memorial Museum, and contemplate the long history of Heishindo-Former Kazama Family Residence.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tsuruoka trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Tsuruoka takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, you will find days in Tsuruoka are little chillier (21°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nikaho, Sakata
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Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda ©
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda
Sankyo Soko Storehouse ©
Sankyo Soko Storehouse

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappist Monasteries, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sotoshu Koryuji Temple, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Soma-tei. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): try your luck at Hakodate Horse Racetrack, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hakodate visit planner.

Traveling by car from Tsuruoka to Hakodate takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, Hakodate is little chillier than Tsuruoka - with highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Casinos

Side Trip

Trappist Monasteries
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Trappist Monasteries ©
Trappist Monasteries
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©

3
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Wakayama Castle, stroll through Tomogashima, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Chinatown (Nankinmachi).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Kobe tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Hakodate to Kobe takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Hakodate in October, things will get a bit warmer in Kobe: highs are around 26°C and lows about 20°C. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Himeji, Wakayama
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Wakayama Castle ©
Wakayama Castle
UCC Coffee Museum ©
UCC Coffee Museum

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