19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  5 h 15 min
2
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  6 h 45 min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
4
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  14 h
End: Melbourne

2
nights
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 27th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nosoko, get outside with Sukuji Beach, then explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

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Melbourne, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Ishigaki. When traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Ishigaki: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
On the 29th (Sun), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. On the next day, snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi, step off the mainland to explore Kouri Island, and then take a pleasant ride with Iejima Beach Side Horse Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Motobu-cho vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Motobu-cho, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Iejima Beach Side Horse Park, Kouri Ohashi, Kouri Island
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater
Kouri Island ©
Kouri Island

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 31st (Tue), see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hiroshima travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Motobu-cho in March; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 16°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Miyajima
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 2nd (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then go for a walk through Himeji Castle, then contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Himeji itinerary maker site .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 2:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Tower Knives Osaka & Osaka Castle) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 6:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Aratama Valley, then take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, then explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa road trip website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Aratama Valley
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

5
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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