30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  5 h 30 min
2
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Kita
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 30 min
5
Rausu-cho
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
6
Narusawa-mura
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
Yamanouchi-machi
— 3 nights
Taxi + Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get in touch with nature at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. There's lots more to do: stroll through Aragusuku Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Painagama Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Toriike Pond, and look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima sightseeing planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Miyakojima due to the time zone difference. In September, Miyakojima is much warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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.
On the 6th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Miyajima, and then stroll through Mikasahama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Miyakojima in September, with highs in Hiroshima at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Gion, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kyoto Imperial Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, and examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Kita is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Dotonbori, take in the views from Oe Bridge, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kita trip planner .

Drive from Kyoto to Kita in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Kita can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
day
Rausu-cho

Rausu-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rausu and then identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rausu-cho trip itinerary maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kita to Rausu-cho. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kita in September: high temperatures in Rausu-cho hover around 22°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Narusawa-mura.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Shiretoko Peninsula
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Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula

3
nights
Narusawa-mura

Narusawa-mura ©
A village at the foothills of Mt.
Visiting Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Narusawa-mura: Koganezaki Beach (in Nishiizu-cho) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Momiji Tunnel.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Narusawa-mura online driving holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rausu-cho to Narusawa-mura. Traveling from Rausu-cho in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Narusawa-mura, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Momiji Tunnel, Mount Fuji, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park ©
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

3
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Step out of the city life by going to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Kagura Tashiro Ski Resort. Change things up with these side-trips from Yamanouchi-machi: Togakushi Shrine Chusha (in Nagano), Nozawa Onsen (in Nozawaonsen-mura) and Takumi no Sato (in Minakami-machi). It doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Shiga Kogen.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yamanouchi-machi trip planner .

Getting from Narusawa-mura to Yamanouchi-machi by car takes about 4.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kagura Tashiro Ski Resort, Takumi no Sato, Togakushi Shrine Chusha, Nozawa Onsen
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area

6
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace. Step out of Tokyo to go to Musashino and see Kichijoji, which is approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Odaiba, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour builder site .

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo by combination of taxi and train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in September: highs in Tokyo hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kichijoji, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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