18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
+3
shuttle + train + tram + Fly:  7​h
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 15​min
4
Taketomi-jima
— 1 night
+4
ferry + bus + foot + Fly + train:  5​h 15​min
5
Kita
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
7
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ghibli Museum will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, wander the streets of Asakusa, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sydney in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiga Kogen and then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yamanouchi-machi trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in March: high temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi hover around 11°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area

2
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 Yonaha Maehama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Sunayama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach. There's much more to do: stroll through Toguchi no Hama, contemplate the waterfront views at Toriike Pond, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and enjoy the sand and surf at Painagama Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima road trip planner .

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Miyakojima by combination of taxi, train, and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, train, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and flight. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in March, with highs in Miyakojima at 26°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

1
night
Taketomi-jima

Taketomi-jima ©
A tiny island in the Yae-yama archipelago, Taketomi-jima enjoys popularity as a beach getaway, best known for its stretches of "star sand"--sand made up of tiny star-shaped exoskeletons of ancient fossils.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the waterfront activity at Taketomi Port, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaiji Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Taketomi-jima tour site .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Taketomi-jima in 2.5 hours. April in Taketomi-jima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Kita.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Kaiji Beach ©
Kaiji Beach
Taketomi Port ©
Taketomi Port

1
night
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori. On the next day, take a stroll through Minami (Namba) and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kita road trip site .

Explore your travel options from Taketomi-jima to Kita with the Route module. In April, Kita is a bit cooler than Taketomi-jima - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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 some cultural insight at Gion and Nijo-jo Castle. Get some historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder app .

You can drive from Kita to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Gion
Gion
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
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 8th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Miyajima and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi road trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Hatsukaichi by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hiroshima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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