24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 day
Train:  6​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  5​h 15​min
3
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Taxi:  7​h 15​min
4
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Train + Bus:  7​h 15​min
5
Motobu-cho
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1​h
7
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  4​h
8
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
day
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 11th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka.

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Melbourne, Australia to Nachikatsura-cho is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in April, Nachikatsura-cho is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Daimonzaka ©
Daimonzaka
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Peace Bell. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Daishoin Temple, & more), Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Kure (Yamato Museum & JMSDF Kure Museum). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, explore and take pictures at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

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Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Hiroshima by train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April since evenings lows in Hiroshima dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Kintaikyo Bridge
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Hiroshima Museum of Art ©
Hiroshima Museum of Art
Momijidani Park ©
Momijidani Park

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daikanbo and Amano Iwato Shrine. Explore Takachiho-cho's surroundings by going to Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura), Onsen Resorts (in Minamioguni-machi) and Kusasenri (in Aso). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, snap pictures at Tensho Bridge, and contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso.

To find out how to plan a trip to Takachiho-cho, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Takachiho-cho can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Onsen Resorts, Mt. Aso, Shirakawa Springs, Tensho Bridge
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine

2
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Oko no Taki Fall. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump and stroll around Shakunagenomori Park.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Yakushima-cho. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Trails
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump
Jōmon Sugi ©
Jōmon Sugi

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Okuma Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Kouri-jima Island, then contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, and finally make a trip to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Yakushima-cho to Motobu-cho in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and ferry. April in Motobu-cho sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

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

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cape Hirakubozaki and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, pause for some photo ops at Dr. Takeshi Sakiyama Memorial Monument, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ishigaki, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ishigaki when traveling from Motobu-cho in April, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Dr. Takeshi Sakiyama Memorial Monument
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Banna Park ©
Banna Park

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step off the beaten path and head to Iriomote Island and Pinaisara Falls. The adventure continues: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, explore and take pictures at Utara Tanko, head off the coast to Barasu Island, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima online route planner .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Barasu Island ©
Barasu Island

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sunayama Beach and East Henna Cape. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, and stroll through Aragusuku Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima route website .

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima by ferry takes about 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Imugya Marine Garden ©
Imugya Marine Garden

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