24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  16 h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Toyooka
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Ise
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
8
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 30 min
9
Onna-son
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Adelaide

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.
Do your shopping at Ginza and Takeshita Street. Discover out-of-the-way places like Asakusa Shrine and Samurai Museum. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning app.

Adelaide, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 16- hour flight. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in August; daily highs in Tokyo reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji 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 Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Oyama Shrine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ainokura Gassho Community and Nomura Family Samurai House. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate, see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa road trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nanto, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Maruoka Castle, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 28:
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

1
night
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
On the 29th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Kirihama Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kinosaki Marine World, appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Toyooka Sanchoku Magokoro Market.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Toyooka visit planner.

Drive from Kanazawa to Toyooka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Toyooka can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping
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Kinosaki Marine World ©
Kinosaki Marine World
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Thermal Spas

1
night
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ise trip planner.

Drive from Toyooka to Ise in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Ise are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites
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Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Futami Okitama Shrine ©
Futami Okitama Shrine

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.
For shopping fun, head to Dotonbori or Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Hankyu Umeda Honten & Osaka Castle). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Ise to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Ise in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daishoin Temple and JMSDF Kure Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo & Itsukushima Shrine). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

3
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.
Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Art. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and stroll around Banna Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In September, Ishigaki is somewhat warmer than Hiroshima - with highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. Relax by the water at Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji, make a trip to East Henna Cape, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, and take in the views from Irabu Ohashi.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

3
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, and finally steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, then contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, and then kick back and relax at Kouri Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Onna-son trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Onna-son

Shopping Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Itoman, Nakijin-son, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

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