34 days in Japan Itinerary

34 days in Japan Itinerary

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34 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + train:  13​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Toyota
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Narusawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Takayama
— 3 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Onna-son
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
8
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
9
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
10
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sydney

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daikaku-ji and Mimurotoji Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Hosenin and Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Akishinodera Temple, Daibutsuden, & more), Joruri Temple (in Kizugawa) and 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園 (in Hikone). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Yasakanoto and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoshimine-dera.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto visit planner.

Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Kyoto at 33°C and lows at 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Toyota.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Uji, Ishiyamadera Temple, Joruri Temple, 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園
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Hosenin ©
Hosenin
Daikaku-ji ©
Daikaku-ji
Yasakanoto ©
Yasakanoto

2
nights
Toyota

Toyota ©
Home to the internationally known car manufacturer of the same name, Toyota ranks as the largest city in Aichi Prefecture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Musubinoike and Sumiyoshi Lighthouse At Okuno Hosomichi as well as Toyota Kaikan Museum. On the 6th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Musubinoike and Sumiyoshi Lighthouse At Okuno Hosomichi, identify plant and animal life at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Oagata Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koromo Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Toyota Kaikan Museum. On your second day here, explore the engaging exhibits at Toyota City Traffic Safety Learning Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kojakuji Temple, steep yourself in history at Chuma Kaido, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asuke Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Akabara Matsudairachō.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Toyota online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Toyota takes 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Toyota can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Narusawa-mura.

Things to do in Toyota

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Oagata Shrine, Musubinoike and Sumiyoshi Lighthouse At Okuno Hosomichi, Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank
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Oagata Shrine ©
Oagata Shrine
Koromo Shrine ©
Koromo Shrine

2
nights
Narusawa-mura

Narusawa-mura ©
A village at the foothills of Mt.
You've now added Mt. Fuji 5th Station to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichinomiya Sengen Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls, then don't miss a visit to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, then examine the collection at Kawaguchiko Zero Fighter Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Kawaguchiko Motor Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saion-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokueizan Myohoji Temple, then get to know the fascinating history of Ando Residence, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hoju-in Temple.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Narusawa-mura trip planner .

Getting from Toyota to Narusawa-mura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Toyota in September, expect nights in Narusawa-mura to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Nishiyatsushiro-gun, Tokueizan Myohoji Temple, Saion-ji Temple, Shiraito Falls, Ando Residence
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Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Kawaguchiko Motor Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Motor Museum
Kawaguchiko Zero Fighter Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Zero Fighter Museum

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shirakabe Dozogai and Shokawa-Zakura. Get some cultural insight at Hikaru Museum and Sukyo Mahikari. Step out of Takayama to go to Gero and see Osakacho Waterfalls, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), take in the pleasant sights at Norikura Summit Tatamidaira, pick up some new knowledge with Daiou-ji Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Soyuji Temple.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Narusawa-mura to Takayama takes 4 hours. When traveling from Narusawa-mura in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Takayama, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Osakacho Waterfalls, Shirakabe Dozogai
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:
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Kusakabe Folk Museum ©
Kusakabe Folk Museum
Shirakabe Dozogai ©
Shirakabe Dozogai
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ikeyama Springs and Kushifuru Shrine. Get some cultural insight at Kaguraden and Aratate Shrine. Take a break from Takachiho-cho with a short trip to Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine in Aso, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Jokoji Waterfall, explore the striking landscape at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, don't miss a visit to Akimoto Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Takayama to Takachiho-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine, Ikeyama Springs
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Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Kushifuru Shrine ©
Kushifuru 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Isso Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and Yaku Shrine. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, and head outdoors with Tashiro Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho online tour itinerary planner .

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. In September, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach

4
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Urasoe Castle Ruins and Nakadomari Ruins will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Scuba & Snorkeling. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the gorgeous colors at Manza Dream Hole, take in the dramatic natural features at Tobera Rock, and head outdoors with Diamond Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Onna-son day trip planning website .

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kadena-cho, Urasoe Castle Ruins, Yomitanzanyaki Kitagama
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 22:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Urasoe Castle Ruins ©
Urasoe Castle Ruins
Kariyushi Beach ©
Kariyushi Beach

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wasurenaishi and Residence of Niimori. Escape the urban bustle at Funauki Village and Shirahama Port. There's more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and take in the dramatic scenery at Kanpiree Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Shirahama Port ©
Shirahama Port
Mizuochi Falls ©
Mizuochi Falls

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Island Countryside Settlement and Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi. Get in touch with nature at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble and Hairumubushi Beach. Explore Ishigaki's surroundings by going to Kubazaki Beach (in Kohama-jima) and Nakamoto Beach (in Kuro-shima). There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape and contemplate the long history of Tojinbaka.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ishigaki trip planner .

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about an hour. September in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kohama-jima, Island Countryside Settlement, Nakamoto Beach
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
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Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Nosoko Mape ©
Nosoko Mape

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Miyako Shrine and Harimizu Utaki. Popular historic sites such as Ninto zeiseki and Tomb of Chirimaya Tuimiya are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, steep yourself in history at Yamatoga, get outside with Sea Sky Hakuai, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip planner .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Nagamahama Beach Coast ©
Nagamahama Beach Coast

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