25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki trip planning website .

Melbourne, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Ishigaki is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get much hotter in Ishigaki: highs are around 37°C and lows about 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Nature
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
nights
Motobu-cho

Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Onna-son (Cape Manzamo, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more), Kayaking & Canoeing (in Higashi-son) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Nago). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, and take a pleasant ride with Iejima Beach Side Horse Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho driving holiday website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Onna-son, Kayaking & Canoeing, Iejima Beach Side Horse Park, Akabaka Beach, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Miyajima, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip maker .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In September, Hiroshima is a bit cooler than Motobu-cho - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Tobishima Kaido
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): make a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Himeji online itinerary planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Himeji sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mt. Takamikura
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Arashiyama, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in September, Kyoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Step out of Fujikawaguchiko-machi with an excursion to Onshirin Garden in Fujiyoshida--about 34 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring nature at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. Pack the 3rd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Fuji-Q Highland. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Fuji and explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi planner .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Chubu
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Fuji Hakone Izu National Park ©
Fuji Hakone Izu National Park

4
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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 4th (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip maker .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in October, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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