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
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
6
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  15​min
7
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
9
Miyakojima
— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): wander the streets of Odaiba and then take a stroll through Ginza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): stop by Kimono Me, take a stroll through Takeshita Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and finally explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

Plan trip to Tokyo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stroll through Gongenmori Beach, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary builder app .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Gongenmori Beach
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), look for gifts at Shofuen Matsuno Chaho, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daio-ji Temple, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Takayama trip planner .

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

3
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 a sense of the local culture at Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto driving holiday planner .

Drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 16th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and then stroll around Nara Park. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka vacation planning website .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
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 18th (Thu), examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hiroshima online driving holiday planner .

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

1
night
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi trip itinerary builder .

Hatsukaichi is just a short distance from Hiroshima. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, take a memorable drive along Nagurao Bridge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiraho Beach, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and then kick back and relax at Fusaki Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki online trip planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Hatsukaichi to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hatsukaichi in April; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 30°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 22nd (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tomori Imugya Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): kick back and relax at Nagamahama Beach Coast and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

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