24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 3 nights
2
Tokushima
— 3 nights
3
Kochi
— 2 nights
4
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
5
Kotohira-cho
— 1 night
6
Shodoshima-cho, Shodo-shima
— 2 nights
7
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
8
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
9
Nagasaki
— 3 nights


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3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, stop by Dotombori District, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip tool.

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tokushima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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Tokushima

Tokushima ©
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, then make a trip to Zuiganji Temple, and finally make a trip to Jōroku-ji Temple. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Naruto Strait, contemplate the waterfront views at Naruto Whirlpools, snap pictures at Onaruto Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Omiwa Shrine, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Bizan, and finally examine the collection at Tokushimacity Tengu Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokushima tour website.

Drive from Osaka to Tokushima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Osaka in October since evenings lows in Tokushima dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kochi.

Things to do in Tokushima

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Naruto, Naruto Whirlpools
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Mount Bizan ©
Mount Bizan
Uzu no Michi ©
Uzu no Michi

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Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Get out of town with these interesting Kochi side-trips: Niyodogawa-cho (Nakatsu Valley & Yasuike Valley) and Miyoshi (Oboke Koboke & Iya Kazura Bridge). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hirome Ichiba, walk around Godaisan Park, and kick back and relax at Katsura Hama.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kochi trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Tokushima to Kochi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Tokushima in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kochi, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Niyodogawa-cho, Miyoshi
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
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Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden ©

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nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock, soak in some Japanese tradition at Dogo Onsengai, then make a trip to Dogo Onsen Station, then explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Okaido Shopping Street. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Namekawakeikoku, explore the activities along Shirai Fall, then head off the coast to Nogutsunajima Island, and finally stroll around Itoyama Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Matsuyama trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Kochi to Matsuyama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. October in Matsuyama sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kotohira-cho.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Toon, Itoyama Park
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji

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night
Kotohira-cho

Kotohira-cho ©
Known only for being the home of the Kompirasan Shrine Complex, the tiny town of Kotohira-cho remains a popular day trip destination from larger nearby cities.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): make a trip to Kotohiragu shrine office, then steep yourself in history at Kotohira-gu, then don't miss a visit to Kompira Shrine Omotesando, and finally admire the striking features of JR Kotohira Station.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotohira-cho trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Matsuyama to Kotohira-cho by car takes about 2 hours. In October in Kotohira-cho, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Shodoshima-cho.

Things to do in Kotohira-cho

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Kotohiragu shrine office ©
Kotohiragu shrine office
JR Kotohira Station ©
JR Kotohira Station

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nights
Shodoshima-cho, Shodo-shima

Shodoshima-cho ©
On an island famed for its gorgeous landscapes and seaside vistas, the town of Shodoshima-cho serves as the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Japanese city life.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): appreciate the views at Kankakei Gorge, enjoy breathtaking views from Kankakei Summit Observation, visit Angel Road, then admire the natural beauty at Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park, and finally get in on the family fun at Movie Village of 24-no-Hitomi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Yama-Roku Shoyu, take an in-depth tour of Marukin Soysouce Memorial, explore the activities along Dofuchi Strait, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nakayama Senmaida, then admire the natural beauty at Olive Garden, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Kusakabe Port.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Shodoshima-cho online travel route planner.

Traveling by journey from Kotohira-cho to Shodoshima-cho takes 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Shodoshima-cho are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Shodoshima-cho

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tonosho-cho
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park ©
Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park
Yama-Roku Shoyu ©
Yama-Roku Shoyu
Angel Road ©
Angel Road

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nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
On the 25th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Negoroji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Yashima, then take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, then admire the natural beauty at Tamamo Park, and finally explore the historical opulence of Takamatsu Castle. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Great Seto Bridge, enjoy some diversion at Sanuki Kid's Kingdom, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, and finally contemplate the long history of Hiunkaku.

Discover how to plan a Takamatsu trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by journey from Shodoshima-cho to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Takamatsu are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Great Seto Bridge
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village
Negoroji Temple ©
Negoroji Temple

2
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Fukuoka

Fukuoka
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Explore Fukuoka's surroundings by going to Komenoyama Obsevatory (in Sasaguri-machi), Mojiko Retro (in Kitakyushu) and Dazaifu Tenman-gu (in Dazaifu). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Fukuoka trip planner.

Getting from Takamatsu to Fukuoka by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kumamoto, Dazaifu, Komenoyama Obsevatory, Mojiko Retro
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

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nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
When in Nagasaki, make a side trip to see Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, approximately Sasebo away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, and appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki online trip planner.

Drive from Fukuoka to Nagasaki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Huis Ten Bosch, Nagao Castle Park
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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