24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
+3
bus + train + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
7
Teshikaga-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Shari-cho
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + train:  8​h 30​min
9
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, and take in the pleasant sights at Nishihenna Cape.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip maker website .

Sydney, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Miyakojima due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in October; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 33°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Hirakubozaki and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, stroll around Banna Park, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, and get great views at Cape Ongazaki.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 22nd (Tue), step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima day trip tool .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In October in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

2
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
On the 24th (Thu), take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, and then stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Okuma Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, and then contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho journey planning site .

Explore your travel options from Iriomote-jima to Motobu-cho with the Route module. In October in Motobu-cho, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nakijin Castle Ruins, Okuma Beach
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Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kusukawa Tenmangu Shrine and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Gejibe no Sato, then make a trip to Wilson Stump, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Motobu-cho to Yakushima-cho in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and taxi. While traveling from Motobu-cho, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Yakushima-cho, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and The Cenotaph. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni), Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, stroll around Senkoji & Senkoji Park, examine the collection at Yamato Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, expect Hiroshima to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Kintaikyo Bridge, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
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Senkoji & Senkoji Park ©
Senkoji & Senkoji Park
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

1
night
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Mashu Third Observatory, explore the activities along Lake Mashu, then ride a horse along Kawayu Park Ranch, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Bihorotoge Lookout. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kussharo, trek along Ponpon Trail, then walk around Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu First Observatory.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Teshikaga-cho road trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hiroshima to Teshikaga-cho in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Hiroshima in October, with highs in Teshikaga-cho at 16°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, Bihorotoge Lookout
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Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Bihorotoge Lookout ©
Bihorotoge Lookout
Lake Kussharo ©
Lake Kussharo

1
night
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, then stroll around Pereke River Shore Park, and finally make a trip to Oshinkosin Observation Deck.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Shari-cho online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Shari-cho can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Pereke River Shore Park ©
Pereke River Shore Park

2
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Higashiyama Walking Course. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takayama: Tenshukakau Observatory (in Shirakawa-mura) and Matsumoto (Taisho Pond & Norikura Kogen (Highland)). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum and admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama online trip maker .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Shari-cho to Takayama in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In November, Takayama is a bit warmer than Shari-cho - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Matsumoto, Tenshukakau Observatory, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:
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Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Norikura Kogen (Highland) ©
Norikura Kogen (Highland)

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 6th (Wed), make a trip to Daimonzaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Takayama to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, Nachikatsura-cho is somewhat warmer than Takayama - with highs of 20°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple

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