24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  8​h
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ise
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Take a break from the city and head to Toguchi no Hama and Yonaha Maehama Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Miyakojima tour builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Miyakojima is minus 1 hour. In January, Miyakojima is little chillier 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.
Get outdoors at Cape Hirakubozaki and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Ishigaki Yaima Village and Nei Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Iriomote-jima (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Kayaking & Canoeing). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, stop by Yurateiku Market, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock, 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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, 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 ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Nachikatsura-cho takes 8 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in January; daily highs in Nachikatsura-cho reach 11°C and lows reach 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 Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Okageza, take in the pleasant sights at Ise Ninja Kingdom, and then meet the residents at Toba Aquarium.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ise attractions tool .

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Toba Aquarium
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Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Gion, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Ise to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ise in January since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Himeji Castle
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Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera 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.
You'll explore and learn at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Natadera Temple (in Komatsu), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Ainokura Gassho Community and wander the streets of Gokayama.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Pola Museum of Art and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. For shopping fun, head to Minato Mirai 21 or Ginza. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online travel planner .

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Kanazawa in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Minato Mirai 21, Pola Museum of Art, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

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