32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  18​h 30​min
1
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Ise
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Toyooka
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Takayama
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Taxi:  8​h 30​min
5
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  7​h
6
Kochi
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6​h 45​min
7
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Bus + Train:  7​h 15​min
8
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  7​h
9
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Ferry:  4​h
10
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1​h
11
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 21st (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha. On the next day, make a trip to Hashigui Rock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings and tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho trip tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Nachikatsura-cho is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Nachikatsura-cho is minus 1 hour. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Nachikatsura-cho reach 36°C and lows reach 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 Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
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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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, don't miss a visit to Oharai-machi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Shrine Geku, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinmei Shrine, then categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at Toba Aquarium, and finally take an in-depth tour of Sengukan.

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

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Ise can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Toyooka.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Toba, Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck
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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.
Get outdoors at Arayu and Amanohashidate. Popular historic sites such as Takeda Castle Ruins and Izushi Castle Town are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toyooka: Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki (in Kami-cho), The Sand Museum (in Tottori) and Ine no Funaya (in Ine-cho). There's lots more to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, take some stellar pictures from Amanohashidate View Land, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sukyoji Temple - Takuanji Temple, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Toyooka trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Ise to Toyooka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Ise in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Toyooka, with lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Miyazu, Arayu, Takeda Castle Ruins, Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki, Ine no Funaya
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Norikura Kogen and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Higashiyama Walking Course and Takayama Jinya are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takayama: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Kaichi Gakko Primary School (in Matsumoto). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama road trip site .

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

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Matsumoto, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum and Kita no Alp Art Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Shiretoko Misaki. Change things up with these side-trips from Shari-cho: Abashiri (Cape Notoro & Abashiri Prison Museum) and Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory & Lake Mashu). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Road to Heaven, get outside with Shiretoko Pass, and explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Shari-cho trip planner.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Takayama to Shari-cho in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. 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) so you can travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Abashiri, Teshikaga-cho, Shiretoko Pass
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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), examine the collection at Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hirome Ichiba, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, and finally steep yourself in history at Kochi Castle. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyotakiji Temple.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read our Kochi trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Kochi in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Shari-cho in September; daily highs in Kochi reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish 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

Kiyotakiji Temple, Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum
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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): take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, then trek along Seibu Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Sempiro Falls and then head outdoors with Yakusugi Land.

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Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kochi to Yakushima-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Takachiho Shrine and Amano Iwato Shrine. Popular historic sites such as Amano Yasugawara and Tsujunkyo Bridge are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Takachiho-cho side-trips: Aso (Kusasenri & Daikanbo) and Harajiri Falls (in Bungoono). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in September, Takachiho-cho is little chillier at night with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Mt. Aso, Tsujunkyo Bridge, Harajiri Falls
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls
Tsujunkyo Bridge ©
Tsujunkyo Bridge

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visit Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Tomori no Amai for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yukishio Museum and Uibya Mountain Site. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach, head off the coast to Ikema-jima Island, take in the pleasant sights at Imugya Marine Garden, and kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Takachiho-cho to Miyakojima in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Takachiho-cho in September since evenings lows in Miyakojima dip to 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
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Iriomote Island. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pinaisara Falls and Ida no Hama Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, and admire the sheer force of Kura Falls.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima journey builder.

Traveling by ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 4 hours. September in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Barasu Island ©
Barasu Island
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki. There's much more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, walk around Banna Park, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki online trip planner .

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Scuba & Snorkeling

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