25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
3
Onna-son
— 2 nights
4
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Matsue
— 2 nights
7
Himeji
— 2 nights
8
Kyoto
— 3 nights
9
Ise
— 2 nights
10
Eiheiji-cho
— 1 night
11
Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
12
Tokyo
— 3 nights

2
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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 20th (Fri): get outside with Aragusuku Beach, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, thenhead outdoors with Sunayama Beach, thentake in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and finally snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Kurima Bridge, head outdoors with Yonaha Maehama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, thenhead off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Makiyama Observatory.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip itinerary planning app.

Melbourne, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Miyakojima is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Miyakojima, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Shimojiiima Island ©
Shimojiiima Island

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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.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, thenget a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, thenget outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, view the masterpieces at Nei Museum of Art, stroll around Kabira Park, head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, thenwalk around Banna Park, and finally stop by Yurateiku Market.

Before you visit Ishigaki, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 23:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Yurateiku Market ©
Yurateiku Market

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Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
On the 24th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, thenbrowse the different shops at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, thenstop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Zakimi Castle Ruins, thencontemplate the long history of Katsuren Castle Ruins, thenstep into the grandiose world of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and finally steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Onna-son planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Onna-son takes 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Onna-son when traveling from Ishigaki in November, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Kitanakagusuku-son, Zakimi Castle Ruins, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Nakijin Castle Ruins
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Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Katsuren Castle Ruins ©
Katsuren Castle Ruins

1
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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.
On the 26th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka, take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Takachiho-cho trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Takachiho-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Onna-son in November, with highs in Takachiho-cho at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

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

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, thenstroll through Miyajima, and finally contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, thenget engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally examine the collection at Yamato Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip builder tool.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima by combination of taxi and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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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 29th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, thenstop by Shussaigama, thenexplore the activities along Shinji Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miho Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Taisha Shrine, browse the exhibits of Adachi Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamosu Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, thenexplore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Matsue trip simple and quick.

Getting from Hiroshima to Matsue by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art, Shinji Lake
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:
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Miho Shrine ©
Miho Shrine
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station

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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 1st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jodoji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, thenlook for gifts at Myochin Hompo, and finally contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Himeji road trip planner.

You can drive from Matsue to Himeji in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Takasago, Sumiyoshi Shrine, Jodoji Temple
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Sumiyoshi Shrine
Sumiyoshi Shrine

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are in your itinerary. Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Nishiki Market Shopping District. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, look for gifts at Kyo no Takumi, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip builder.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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 6th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, examine the collection at Okageza, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Ise Ninja Kingdom, contemplate the long history of Hinjitsukan, thenget a taste of the local shopping with Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium (Ise Sea Paradise), thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Meotoiwa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ise road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kyoto in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ise, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Eiheiji-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
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Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

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Eiheiji-cho

Eiheiji-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Keya Kurotatsu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Yokokan Garden, explore the historical opulence of Maruoka Castle, steep yourself in history at Suwa Yakata Remains Garden, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakko-In Zen Temple.

Plan my day in Eiheiji-cho using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Ise to Eiheiji-cho by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Ise in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Eiheiji-cho, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Eiheiji-cho

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Fukui, Maruoka Castle
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Maruoka Castle ©
Maruoka Castle
Keya Kurotatsu Shrine ©
Keya Kurotatsu Shrine

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Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takkoku no Iwaya, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Motsu-ji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Konjiki-do.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hiraizumi-cho journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Eiheiji-cho to Hiraizumi-cho with the Route module. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Eiheiji-cho in December: high temperatures in Hiraizumi-cho hover around °C and lows are around °C. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites
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Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do ©
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hase-dera Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senso-ji Temple and Kōtoku-in. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, wander the streets of Asakusa, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hiraizumi-cho to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hiraizumi-cho in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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