33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
2
Takayama
— 3 nights
3
Toyooka
— 3 nights
4
Matsue
— 3 nights
5
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
6
Shinkamigoto-cho
— 1 night
7
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
8
Onna-son
— 2 nights
9
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
10
Miyakojima
— 6 nights

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Hashigui Rock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and then kick back and relax at Kujirahama Beach.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Nachikatsura-cho is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Nachikatsura-cho. When traveling from Sydney in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Nachikatsura-cho: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock, Kujirahama Beach
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:
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Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

3
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.
Visit Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory and Suganuma Gassho Community for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Ainokura Gassho Community and Higashiyama Walking Course. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Tenshukakau Observatory, &more), Gokayama (in Nanto) and Norikura Kogen (in Matsumoto). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama trip planning app.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Takayama in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Takayama are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Toyooka.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Norikura Kogen
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:
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Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Kanda house ©
Kanda house

3
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
You'll explore and learn at The Sand Museum and Toyooka City Konotori Bunkakan. Explore hidden gems such as Ine no Funaya and Kirihama Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Toyooka: Takeda Castle Ruins (in Asago), Amanohashidate (in Miyazu) and Daijoji Temple (in Kami-cho). It doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen and enjoy the sand and surf at Higashihama Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Toyooka route planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Toyooka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a train. In July in Toyooka, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Takeda Castle Ruins, Amanohashidate, Ine no Funaya, Daijoji Temple, Higashihama Beach
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 29:
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Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate
Ine no Funaya ©
Ine no Funaya
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen

3
nights
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.
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo and Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse and Miho Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsue: Izumo (Hinomisaki Shrine, Karakama Shrine, &more), Adachi Museum of Art (in Yasugi) and Juunji Temple (in Daisen-cho). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine and admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Matsue online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Toyooka to Matsue in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Matsue are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography, Adachi Museum of Art, Juunji Temple
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:
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Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse ©
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Hinomisaki Shrine ©
Hinomisaki Shrine

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Takachiho Shrine and Amano Iwato Shrine. Amano Yasugawara and Tokyotakachiho Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Takachiho-cho's surroundings by going to Onsen Resorts (in Minamioguni-machi), Ikeyama Springs (in Ubuyama-mura) and Aso (Kusasenrigahama & Daikanbo). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mt. Aso, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, and explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho sightseeing app.

Traveling by car from Matsue to Takachiho-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Shinkamigoto-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Tokyotakachiho Shrine, Onsen Resorts, Mt. Aso, Ikeyama Springs
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:
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Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

1
night
Shinkamigoto-cho

Shinkamigoto-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Oso Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Aosagaura Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuchi Catholic Church, and finally get outside with Hamagurihama Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Ryukanzan Observatory, pause for some serene contemplation at Fukumi Catholic Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nakanoura Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashigarashima Church.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Shinkamigoto-cho trip planner.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Shinkamigoto-cho by car takes about 7.5 hours. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Shinkamigoto-cho, with lows around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Shinkamigoto-cho

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:
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Aosagaura Church ©
Aosagaura Church
Fukumi Catholic Church ©
Fukumi Catholic Church
Hamagurihama Beach ©
Hamagurihama Beach

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Mt. Mocchomudake. Get outdoors at Yakusugi Land and Tachudake. There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip maker tool.

Getting from Shinkamigoto-cho to Yakushima-cho by car takes about 14 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Shinkamigoto-cho in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yakushima-cho, with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

2
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nakijin Castle Ruins and Sefa-Utaki. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Onna Station Nakayukui Market. Step out of Onna-son with an excursion to Okichan Theater in Motobu-cho--about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Nirai Beach and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Onna-son driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Onna-son can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Okichan Theater, Nirai Beach, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Sefa-Utaki
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Nirai Beach ©
Nirai Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kondoi Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yonehara Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, and stroll around Banna Park.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Ishigaki takes 5 hours. In August in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

6
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get outdoors at Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step off the beaten path and head to Aragusuku Beach and Nagamahama Beach Coast. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, and stroll through Imugya Marine Garden.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima route builder tool.

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In August in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 21:
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Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji

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