18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 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:  45​min
5
Nara
— 1 night
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
7
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  15​min
8
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
10
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. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Kimono Me, then wander the streets of Takeshita Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, and finally explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder .

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. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can 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.
On the 11th (Thu), stroll through Gongenmori Beach, then contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, then steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

Find out how to plan Kanazawa trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Tokyo in April since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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.
On the 12th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, stop by Shofuen Matsuno Chaho, then get engrossed in the history at Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), and finally wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Takayama online road trip planner .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Takayama are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Hida Takayama Museum of Art ©
Hida Takayama Museum of Art
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Nishiki Market, and steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip tool .

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nara.

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

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Rokuen, then stroll around Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nara trip planner .

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nara when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and then wander the streets of Dotonbori. On your second day here, take a stroll through Minami (Namba) and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip planning site .

Osaka is just a short distance from Nara. Expect slightly colder evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nara in April, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima travel route planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi trip builder tool .

Hatsukaichi is very close to Hiroshima. In April, daily temperatures in Hatsukaichi can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, cruise along Nagurao Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf 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 22nd (Mon): 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 plan Ishigaki vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Hatsukaichi to Ishigaki by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Hatsukaichi in April, expect Ishigaki to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunayama Beach. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagamahama Beach Coast and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip planning website .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In April in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks 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

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