22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + bus:  13​h 15​min
1
Onna-son
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
2
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
3
Matsue
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + train:  5​h 30​min
4
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Ise
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  8​h
7
Ishigaki
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
8
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
9
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and then explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, admire the masterpieces at Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Onna-son online attractions planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Onna-son is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Onna-son due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect nights in Onna-son to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Nakijin Castle Ruins, Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
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Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Katsuren Castle Ruins ©
Katsuren Castle Ruins

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.
On the 30th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho travel route site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Onna-son in December; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 18°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamosu Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Taisha Shrine. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tamatsukuriyu Shrine.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Matsue online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Matsue in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in January, expect Matsue to be slightly colder, temps between 8°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art, Shinji Lake
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Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station
Kamosu Shrine ©
Kamosu Shrine

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 3rd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, take in panoramic vistas at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daio-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Takayama journey planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Matsue to Takayama takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Ise.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Wada House ©
Wada House
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course

2
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, contemplate the long history of Aramatsurinomiya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matsuo Kanonji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Hinjitsukan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takinomiya, and finally make a trip to Oharai-machi.

To plan Ise vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Takayama to Ise in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Takayama in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ise, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Takinomiya, Toba Aquarium
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Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine ©
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock, then contemplate the waterfront views at Nachi Forest, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Ise to Nachikatsura-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Nachikatsura-cho are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
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Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple

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 9th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, then get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach, and then take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki vacation planning app .

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Ishigaki by combination of train and flight takes about 8 hours. While traveling from Nachikatsura-cho, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village. Keep things going the next day: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima tour planner .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. January in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Kayaking & Canoeing
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of the city life by going to Aragusuku Beach and Toguchi no Hama. There's much more to do: take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, and head off the coast to Ogami Island.

You can plan Miyakojima trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. January in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

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