19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Miyakojima
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
3
Zamami-son
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Auckland

1
night
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): kick back and relax at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and then kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Tragawa Shuzo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and then kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach.

To see photos and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Miyakojima is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Auckland to Miyakojima due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in April: highs in Miyakojima hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and then take a stroll through Misaki Town. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Fusaki Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Oganzaki Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Akashi Beach, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki vacation planning app .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In April in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Oganzaki Lighthouse ©
Oganzaki Lighthouse

2
nights
Zamami-son

Zamami-son ©
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): kick back and relax at Hizushi Beach and then stroll through Aharen Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Furuzamami Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gahijima Sand Dune.

Plan trip to Zamami-son with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Explore your travel options from Ishigaki to Zamami-son with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Aharen Beach
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Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach

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 15th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then don't miss a visit to Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima tour planning app .

Explore your travel options from Zamami-son to Hiroshima with the Route module. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Zamami-son in April; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji journey builder site .

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Himeji, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Takasago
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

5
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.
Sensō-ji and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Odaiba and Imperial Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura), Sankeien Gardens (in Naka) and Sojiji (in Nishitokyo). There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, take a stroll through Akihabara, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday maker website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Sojiji, Sankeien Gardens
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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