24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
2
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
4
Ise
— 2 nights
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get in touch with nature at Sunayama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima road trip planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In January, Miyakojima is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

4
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.
Do your shopping at Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Art. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. When in Ishigaki, make a side trip to see Kayaking & Canoeing in Iriomote-jima, approximately Iriomote-jima away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima, Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 17th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Nachikatsura-cho in 9 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in January, expect Nachikatsura-cho to be much colder, temps between 11°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
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Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

2
nights
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 19th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Okageza, then go for a walk through Ise Ninja Kingdom, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ise trip planner.

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Toba Aquarium
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Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Dotombori District. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chion-in Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Himeji Castle in Himeji--about 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Ise to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Kyoto, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Himeji Castle
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Step off the beaten path and head to Ainokura Gassho Community and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Tenshukakau Observatory, &more) and Natadera Temple (in Komatsu). There's more to do: stop by Gokayama and see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kanazawa trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

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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 discover tucked-away gems like Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Get some cultural insight at Odaiba District and Tokyo National Museum. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Pola Museum of Art in Hakone-machi--about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Ginza, and shop like a local with Takeshita Street.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, Pola Museum of Art
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Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

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