9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  16​h
1
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Takayama
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
5
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Auckland

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
On the 21st (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Shojoshin-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumagai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongosanmaiin, and finally admire the striking features of Koyasan Kondomae. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Rokkaku Kyozo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukuchi-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokiin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tateriko Shrine.

Plan trip to Koya-cho with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Auckland, New Zealand to Koya-cho is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Koya-cho is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Auckland in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Koya-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tateriko Shrine
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Kongosanmaiin ©
Kongosanmaiin
Rokkaku Kyozo ©
Rokkaku Kyozo
Tateriko Shrine ©
Tateriko Shrine

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudarakusanji Temple, then head off the coast to Kinomatsushima Island, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kajitorizaki.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho itinerary planner .

Getting from Koya-cho to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Koya-cho in April, Nachikatsura-cho is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kajitorizaki
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Kinomatsushima Island ©
Kinomatsushima Island
Fudarakusanji Temple ©
Fudarakusanji Temple

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shirakabe Dozogai, and then steep yourself in history at Shirakawago. On your second day here, get your bearings at Takayama City Hall, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then examine the collection at Hikaru Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Takayama road trip tool .

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Takayama by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Takayama when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Shirakabe Dozogai, Shirakawago
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Shirakawago ©
Shirakawago
Shirakabe Dozogai ©
Shirakabe Dozogai
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, then stop by Yurateiku Market, then make a trip to Yonagunike Old Residence, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Ishigaki travel planning site .

Getting from Takayama to Ishigaki by combination of train and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight. When traveling from Takayama in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Ishigaki, with highs around 30°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
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2
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Nagamahama Beach Coast, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, then snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave.

Make your Miyakojima itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2 hours. April in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Yabiji
Yabiji

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