15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + train:  13​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Takayama
— 1 night
+2
train + Fly + taxi:  8​h 15​min
3
Shari-cho
— 1 day
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  11​h 15​min
4
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10​h 30​min
5
Goto
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 45​min
6
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  45​min
7
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tofuku-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, Kyoto is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

1
night
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 25th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, then examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then browse the fresh offerings at Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi, and finally steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Takayama trip planner .

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Takayama, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market ©
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
day
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
On the 26th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, then stroll through Shiretoko Beach, and then explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho journey planning app .

Getting from Takayama to Shari-cho by combination of train, taxi, and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Takayama in September, things will get a bit cooler in Shari-cho: highs are around 22°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach

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 27th (Thu): wander the streets of Wilson Stump and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Yakusugi Land.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho trip planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Shari-cho to Yakushima-cho in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, Yakushima-cho is somewhat warmer than Shari-cho - with highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Goto.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

1
night
Goto

Goto ©
On the 29th (Sat), kick back and relax at Tontomari Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Fukue Catholic Church, and then kick back and relax at Takahama Beach. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Osezaki Dangai, then pause for some serene contemplation at Egami Church, and then go for a stroll along the water at Hisakajima.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Goto trip maker app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yakushima-cho to Goto. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in September, you will find days in Goto are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Goto

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Tontomari Beach ©
Tontomari Beach
Takahama Beach ©
Takahama Beach
Egami Church ©
Egami Church

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): contemplate the long history of Ishigaki Yaima Village, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach, and then get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach, and then stroll through Kondoi Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip builder site .

Explore your travel options from Goto to Ishigaki with the Route module. In October, Ishigaki is somewhat warmer than Goto - with highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Aragusuku Beach and Toguchi no Hama. Escape the urban bustle at Sunayama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonaha Maehama Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and take in the dramatic natural features at Boraga Limestone Cave.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Miyakojima using our trip planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about an hour. October in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

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