15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  15 h 30 min
1
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
2
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Ise
— 1 night
+3
Train + Taxi + Fly + Bus:  6 h 15 min
5
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
+4
Taxi + Train + Bus + Fly + Taxi:  7 h 15 min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+3
Taxi + Fly + Train + Bus:  6 h 15 min
7
Onna-son
— 2 nights
+5
Bus + Train + Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  6 h
8
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h
9
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
10
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art, then explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally stroll around Onshi Hakone Park.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi travel route website.

Melbourne, Australia to Hakone-machi is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of flight, train, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Shopping
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone
Okada Museum of Art ©
Okada Museum of Art

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): make a trip to Hida Furukawa Old Town, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, then steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, and finally hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama day trip website.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Takayama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Hakone-machi in March since evenings lows in Takayama dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Tours Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Hida Furukawa Old Town
Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market ©
Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 1st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally stop by Katsuura Nigiwai Market.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho journey site.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nachikatsura-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Takayama in March: high temperatures in Nachikatsura-cho hover around 17°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Shrine Geku, then steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ise day trip website.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Ise, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Toba Aquarium
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally stop by Michi-no-Eki Takachiho.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Ise to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. While traveling from Ise, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Takachiho-cho, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

1
night
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 4th (Sat): make a trip to Wilson Stump, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa. On the next day, look for gifts at Yakushima Local Produce Processing and Marketing Center and then explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho online journey planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Yakushima-cho, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Trails
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa

2
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, then step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins, and finally steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then don't miss a visit to Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and then browse the different shops at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Onna-son sightseeing app.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, train, bus, and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Onna-son can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Shopping Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kitanakagusuku-son, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

1
night
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 8th (Wed), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima takes 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Iriomote-jima when traveling from Onna-son in April, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, then stop by Yurateiku Market, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki online journey planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about an hour. April in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

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 10th (Fri): kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally head outdoors with Yonaha Maehama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, then make a trip to East Henna Cape, then take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in April, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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