32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
2
Ise
— 2 nights
3
Toyooka
— 3 nights
4
Takayama
— 3 nights
5
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
6
Kochi
— 2 nights
7
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
8
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
9
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
10
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
11
Ishigaki
— 3 nights

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Nachikatsura-cho using our trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Nachikatsura-cho is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Melbourne to Nachikatsura-cho, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, Nachikatsura-cho is much warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 36°C and lows of 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:
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Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

2
nights
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 23rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meotoiwa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinmei Shrine, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium, and finally get engrossed in the history at Sengukan.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ise visit planner.

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Ise, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Toba, Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 24:
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Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Futami Okitama Shrine ©
Futami Okitama Shrine

3
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Arayu and Izushi Castle Town. Ine no Funaya and Street of Kinosaki Onsen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Toyooka: Miyazu (Amanohashidate & Amanohashidate View Land), The Sand Museum (in Tottori) and Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki (in Kami-cho). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sukyoji Temple - Takuanji Temple, contemplate the long history of Takeda Castle Ruins, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Toyooka online vacation planner.

You can drive from Ise to Toyooka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Ise in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Toyooka, with lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Miyazu, Arayu, Takeda Castle Ruins, The Sand Museum, Ine no Funaya
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 27:
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Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Arayu ©
Arayu
Ine no Funaya ©
Ine no Funaya

3
nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Takayama Showa Museum and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Get some historical perspective at Kaichi Gakko Primary School and Takayama Jinya. Explore Takayama's surroundings by going to Norikura Kogen (in Matsumoto) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama holiday app.

Drive from Toyooka to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or take a train. August in Takayama sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Matsumoto, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:
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Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course

2
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Step out of the city life by going to Cape Notoro and Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kita no Alp Art Museum and Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Shari-cho: Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory & Lake Mashu) and Abashiri Prison Museum (in Abashiri). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Misaki, cruise along Road to Heaven, and head outdoors with Shiretoko Pass.

To find out how to plan a trip to Shari-cho, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of train and flight from Takayama to Shari-cho in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Takayama in August, things will get slightly colder in Shari-cho: highs are around 26°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Abashiri, Teshikaga-cho, Shiretoko Pass
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:
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Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki
Cape Notoro ©
Cape Notoro
Shiretoko Pass
Shiretoko Pass

2
nights
Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
On the 3rd (Thu), explore the engaging exhibits at Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum, hunt for treasures at Hirome Ichiba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, and finally contemplate the long history of Kochi Castle. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum, then kick back and relax at Katsura Hama, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyotakiji Temple.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kochi day trip planner.

Getting from Shari-cho to Kochi by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shari-cho in September: high temperatures in Kochi hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kochi

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum, Kiyotakiji Temple
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:
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Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple
Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum ©
Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum

2
nights
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 5th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, head outdoors with Seibu Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Sempiro Falls and then explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Kochi to Yakushima-cho in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:
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Seibu Trail ©
Seibu Trail
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

2
nights
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.
Tsujun Bridge and Amano Yasugawara will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Amano Iwato Shrine and Takachiho Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Takachiho-cho side-trips: Aso (Kusasenrigahama & Daikanbo) and Harajiri Falls (in Bungoono). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, get impressive views of Mt. Aso, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka, and take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Takachiho-cho trip planner.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho by combination of ferry and car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 23°C in Takachiho-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Tsujun Bridge, Mt. Aso, Harajiri Falls
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:
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Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls
Tsujun Bridge ©
Tsujun Bridge
Harajiri Falls ©
Harajiri Falls

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get some cultural insight at Yukishio Museum and Uibya Mountain Site. Popular historic sites such as Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Tomori no Amai are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, explore the activities along Toriike Pond, take in panoramic vistas at Makiyama Observatory, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima tour itinerary planning website.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Miyakojima by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Miyakojima, with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pinaisara Falls and Kura Falls. Get in touch with nature at Ida no Hama Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Barasu Island, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Barasu Island ©
Barasu Island
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Island Countryside Settlement. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, walk around Banna Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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