19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1​h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly:  6​h
4
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+3
Taxi + Fly + Subway + Train:  4​h 30​min
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. On the next day, make a trip to East Henna Cape, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, then snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Miyakojima trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in April, Miyakojima is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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.
On the 15th (Wed), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and finally get outside with Kondoi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip tool .

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. April in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 17th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Keep things going the next day: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima online trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In April in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins, explore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, contemplate the long history of Katsuren Castle Ruins, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Manza Beach.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Onna-son day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son with the Route module. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Onna-son, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Nakijin Castle Ruins
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, trek along Seibu Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. April in Yakushima-cho sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Seibu Trail ©
Seibu Trail

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 22nd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Miyajima, see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner .

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect little chillier evenings in Hiroshima when traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Miyajima, Yamato Museum
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Toji and Chion-in Temple. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Osaka Castle, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka Castle
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Samurai Museum and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Kōtoku-in in Kamakura (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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