38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  15 h
1
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Onna-son
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Yamanouchi-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Sydney

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
We've included these beaches for you: Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. Get in touch with nature at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Toguchi no Hama, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Boraga Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Yabiji.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima road trip tool.

Sydney, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Miyakojima. While traveling from Sydney, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Miyakojima, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

4
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.
Visit Yonehara Beach and Shiraho Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Kondoi Beach and Kabira Bay will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ishigaki: Kuro-shima (Nishinohama, Fuki Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Akashi Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Sunset Beach, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kuro-shima, Taketomi-cho
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Nirai Beach and Sun Marina Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Diamond Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Onna-son side-trips: Kouri Beach (in Nakijin-son), Toyosaki Kaihin Koen (in Tomigusuku) and Busena Beach (in Nago). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, kick back and relax at Tropical Beach, get outside with Emerald Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Onna-son trip planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Onna-son in 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Onna-son. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Kouri Beach, Shurijo Castle, Tropical Beach, Nirai Beach
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Manza Beach ©
Manza Beach
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get some historical perspective at Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach & Itsukushima Shrine Torii), Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (in Sapporo) and Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum, Ohara Museum of Art, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip app.

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Hiroshima takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Onna-son in April; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
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Miyajima
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle and then trek along Mt Shosha hiking. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, thensteep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, thencontemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Himeji day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Takasago, Mt. Takamikura
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Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Kyoto National Museum and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and trek along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

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

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Get some cultural insight at Mount Fuji and Kita Yatsuga-take. Get outdoors at Iritahama Beach and Kisami Ohama Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Shimoda (Shirahama Beach & Tsumekizaki), Hirasawa Pass (in Minamimaki-mura) and Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, take in the awesome beauty at Ryugatake, see the interesting displays at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sankodai.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planning app.

Drive from Kyoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or fly. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Shimoda, Hirasawa Pass, Kita Yatsuga-take, Mount Fuji, Matsumoto Castle
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

4
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jukambo National Museum and Hakuba. Visiting Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Ike no Taira Shitsugen will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Yamanouchi-machi: Hakuba-mura (Happo-one Nature Study Course, Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, &more), Hakubaoike (in Otari-mura) and Takamine Kogen (in Komoro). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiga Kogen, fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shirouma, and explore the activities along Kido Pond.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Yamanouchi-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yamanouchi-machi, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura, Kusatsu-machi, Mt. Kosha, Hakubaoike, Ike no Taira Shitsugen
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tokyo National Museum and The Hakone Open-Air Museum. Visiting Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) and Rock Garden will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more), Lalique Museum Hakone (in Hakone-machi) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, trek along Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip maker.

Drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Ome, Mount Bonoore, America Camp Village
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 30:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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