26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Miyakojima — 3 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get outdoors at Toguchi no Hama and Sawada no hama Beach. Relax by the water at Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and head off the coast to Kouri Island.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima vacation planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Miyakojima. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in March, with highs in Miyakojima at 26°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Ishigaki.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 3:

Ishigaki — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki tour itinerary builder site.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In April in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:

Iriomote-jima — 3 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 6th (Thu), step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima online journey builder.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. April in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Yakushima-cho.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 8:

Yakushima-cho — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then make a trip to Wilson Stump. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip builder.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Yakushima-cho in 10 hours. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in April, expect Yakushima-cho to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Ise.
Nature · Parks · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

Ise — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): examine the collection at Okageza, then don't miss a visit to Oharai-machi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Ise day trip website.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Ise in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in April: highs in Ise hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.
Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:

Nachikatsura-cho — 2 nights

The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 13th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seiganto-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and then don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Ise to Nachikatsura-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Nachikatsura-cho are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:

Kyoto — 5 nights

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.
Head to Dotombori District and Nishiki Market Shopping Districtfor plenty of shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yasaka Shrine and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to fly to Tokyo.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 19:

Tokyo — 6 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and Senso-ji Temple. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, wander the streets of Akihabara, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and shop like a local with Ginza.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online travel planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 25:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.