27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 6 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 6 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.
Head to Ginza and Asakusafor some retail therapy. Attractions like Tokyo National Museum and Tokyo Disneyland make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Perth to Tokyo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 18°C in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 25:

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Oyama Shrine. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Sakai (Maruoka Castle & Tojimbo Cliff), Nanto (Ainokura Gassho Community & Gokayama) and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (in Shirakawa-mura). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, visit Higashichaya Old Town, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online travel planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 30:

Kyoto

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Toji. Kids will enjoy Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Dotombori District in Dotombori, approximately Dotombori away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:

Miyakojima

— 6 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sunayama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Aragusuku Beach and Shimojiiima Island. And it doesn't end there: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, head off the coast to Kouri Island, kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach, and get outside with Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Kyoto to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Kyoto in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Miyakojima, with highs around 30°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 9:

Ishigaki

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. Family-friendly places like Hoshisuna Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will thrill your kids. When in Ishigaki, make a side trip to see Pinaisara Falls in Iriomote-jima, approximately Iriomote-jima away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.