20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6 h
2
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Kita
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
5
Matsue
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Train:  5 h 30 min
6
Takayama
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  6 h 45 min
7
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  45 min
8
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Sydney

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Ikspiari (in Urayasu) and Minato Mirai 21 (in Yokohama). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, don't miss a visit to Omotesando, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and wander the streets of Harajuku Takeshita-dori.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minato Mirai 21, Ikspiari
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21

1
night
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): make a trip to Taikoiwa, wander the streets of Wilson Stump, and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho road trip website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Tokyo to Yakushima-cho in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Yakushima-cho. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa

1
night
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, then take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and finally take a stroll through Dotonbori.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kita tour itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yakushima-cho to Kita. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kita when traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osaka
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

2
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 13th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto travel route app .

Getting from Kita to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Toji ©
Toji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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 15th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, then contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, then browse the exhibits of Adachi Museum of Art, and finally admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miho Shrine, steep yourself in history at The Mizuki Shigeru Road, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, and finally explore the activities along Shinji Lake.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Matsue online holiday maker .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Kyoto to Matsue takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Matsue can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsue

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art, The Mizuki Shigeru Road, Shinji Lake
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Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 17th (Wed), browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, sample the tasty concoctions at Harada Sake Brewery, then get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, then don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck.

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You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Matsue to Takayama in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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 19th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and then head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Yurateiku Market, kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki travel planning tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Takayama to Ishigaki in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Takayama in April, you will find days in Ishigaki are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are warmer (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Head to Atarasu Ichiba and Furusatofor plenty of shopping. Step off the beaten path and head to Sunayama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, explore the striking landscape at Boraga Limestone Cave, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach, and take in the views from Irabu Bridge.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in April, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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