15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  16​h
1
Miyakojima
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Kochi
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Matsue
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Ise
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Takayama
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

1
night
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 10th (Tue), kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally snap pictures at Kurima Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, stroll through Aragusuku Beach, and then don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima visit planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Miyakojima: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Pinion Direct Shop, kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki road trip app .

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2 hours. In December in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Island Countryside Settlement, Kondoi Beach
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Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

1
day
Kochi

Kochi
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): pick up some local products at Thursday City, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenshibuji Temple, then hunt for treasures at Sunday Market, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kochi trip maker site .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Kochi in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Ishigaki in December, you will find days in Kochi are little chillier (15°C), and nights are colder (4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Kochi

Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zenshibuji Temple
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Sunday Market
Sunday Market
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
On the 15th (Sun), stop by Rihaku Shuzo, explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamosu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, and finally explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sada Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine, get answers to all your questions at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, then contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tamatsukuriyu Shrine.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Matsue tour app .

Traveling by car from Kochi to Matsue takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. While traveling from Kochi, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Matsue, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art
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Kamosu Shrine ©
Kamosu Shrine
Sada Shrine ©
Sada Shrine
Tamatsukuriyu Shrine ©
Tamatsukuriyu Shrine

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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 (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka. On your second day here, stroll through Hashigui Rock, then stroll through Ichimai-iwa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Matsue to Nachikatsura-cho in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or take a train. Traveling from Matsue in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 8°C in Nachikatsura-cho. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Ichimai-iwa, Hashigui Rock
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Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matsuo Kanonji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Hakutaka Miyake Shoten, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium, then steep yourself in history at Hinjitsukan, and finally steep yourself in history at Aramatsurinomiya.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ise day trip planner .

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in December: highs in Ise hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Toba Aquarium
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Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine ©
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

2
nights
Takayama

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Wada House, contemplate the long history of Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, stop by Curnontue, then contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Daio-ji Temple, then hit the slopes at Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha, and then savor the flavors at Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi.

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

You can drive from Ise to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in December, Takayama is slightly colder at night with lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha, Wada House
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Daiou-ji Temple ©
Daiou-ji Temple
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course

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