17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Matsue
— 2 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
5
Ishigaki
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
6
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
7
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Tue), wander the streets of Ginza, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, then take a stroll through Takeshita Street, and finally examine the collection at Samurai Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, wander the streets of Odaiba, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip maker .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Karakama Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Taisha Shrine, get answers to all your questions at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, then don't miss a visit to Former Taisha Station, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tamatsukuriyu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle, stop by Rihaku Shuzo, explore the galleries of Adachi Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Taisha Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Matsue route planning site .

Getting from Tokyo to Matsue by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art
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Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

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 4th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, then see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, and finally examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima online holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Matsue to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kure, Itsukushima Shrine
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally wander the streets of Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kyoto travel route site .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
On the 8th (Wed), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and then stroll through Kondoi Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki route maker .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Ishigaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Kyoto in May, things will get a bit warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kanpirei Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima online itinerary planner .

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
We've included these beaches for you: Sunayama Beach and Yonaha Maehama Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aragusuku Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima trip planner .

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima by ferry takes about 4 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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