48 days in Japan Itinerary

48 days in Japan Itinerary

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48 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Hakodate
— 3 nights
+2
train + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
3
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h
4
Matsue
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + train:  5​h 30​min
5
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Kyoto
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
8
Setouchi-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
9
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 15​min
10
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  6​h 15​min
11
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
12
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  45​min
13
Miyakojima
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  17​h 45​min
End: Gold Coast

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Tokyo National Museum and Sankeien Gardens are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ghibli Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Minato Mirai 21 (in Yokohama) and Ikspiari (in Urayasu). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Ginza, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Omotesando, and get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary maker tool .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yokohama, Ikspiari, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

3
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and Motomachi. Do your shopping at Hakodate Morning Market and Hakodate Community Design Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakodate: Nanae-cho (Onuma Park Walking Path & Onuma Lake). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, look for gifts at Hakodate Tsutaya Books, pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, and make a trip to Hachimanzaka.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate planner .

Fly from Tokyo to Hakodate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tokyo in November, with highs in Hakodate at 10°C and lows at 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Nanae-cho
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©

2
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Get in touch with nature at Shiretoko Goko Lake and Oshin Koshin Falls. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Utoro Onsen and Shiretoko Museum. Step out of Shari-cho with an excursion to Lake Mashu in Teshikaga-cho--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Shiretoko Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and explore the striking landscape at Oronko Rock.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho tour itinerary website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Hakodate to Shari-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Shari-cho can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Lake Mashu
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Adachi Museum of Art and The Mizuki Shigeru Road. Get in touch with nature at Inasa Beach and Shinji Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Matsue side-trips: Mizuki Shigeru Museum (in Sakaiminato) and Izumo (Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, Hinomisaki Shrine, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Matsue road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Matsue takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Shari-cho in November, with highs in Matsue at 18°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Izumo, Sakaiminato, Shinji Lake, Adachi Museum of Art
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:
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Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

1
night
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.
On the 11th (Sun), browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harada Sake Brewery, then get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your taste buds at Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, contemplate the long history of Wada House, then take in panoramic vistas at Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck, and finally take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Takayama online road trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Matsue to Takayama in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train; or drive. November in Takayama sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:
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Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market ©
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fukui Dinosaur Museum and Gokayama. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Mikurigaike Pond. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho), Tojinbo Cliff (in Sakai) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

Plan trip to Kanazawa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Gokayama, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 16:
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

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.
Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ryoanji Temple for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Dotonbori, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tofuku-ji Temple.

Find out how to plan Kyoto trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Setouchi-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 20:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

2
nights
Setouchi-cho

Setouchi-cho ©
Get outdoors at Shirahama Beach and Honohoshi Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Dokuhama Beach and Surihama. Step out of Setouchi-cho with an excursion to Mangrove Forested Area in Amami--about 1h 15 min away.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Setouchi-cho day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Kyoto to Setouchi-cho with the Route module. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kyoto in November: high temperatures in Setouchi-cho hover around 27°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Setouchi-cho

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mangrove Primeval Forest
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:
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Mangrove Primeval Forest ©
Mangrove Primeval Forest

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Yakusugi Land and Janokuchinotaki Falls. Explore hidden gems such as Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Shakunagenomori Park. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, enjoy the sand and surf at Isso Beach, don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, and take a stroll through Wilson Stump.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho road trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Setouchi-cho to Yakushima-cho. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yakushima-cho when traveling from Setouchi-cho in November, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aratate Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Heitate Shrine, examine the collection at Seiwa Bunraku Museum, then stop by Asobonosato Kugino, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho travel planner .

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho by combination of car and ferry takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, ferry, train, and taxi. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, things will get slightly colder in Takachiho-cho: highs are around 19°C and lows about 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yamato-cho, Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visit Hoshisuna Beach and Todomari Beach for some beach relaxation. Popular historic sites such as Wasurenaishi and Utara Tanko are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Iriomote Island, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, contemplate the long history of Residence of Niimori, and kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Iriomote-jima takes 6.5 hours. While traveling from Takachiho-cho, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Iriomote-jima, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 3:
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach
Nakano Beach ©
Nakano 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Island Countryside Settlement and Ishigakijima Observatory. Get in touch with nature at Yonehara Beach and Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble. Take a break from Ishigaki with a short trip to Nakamoto Beach in Kuro-shima, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, stroll through Shiraho Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, and examine the collection at MInsah Kogei Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki online route planner .

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Kondoi Beach, Nakamoto Beach
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

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 Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. Get some cultural insight at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Miyakojima City Museum. On the 13th (Thu), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, stroll through Shigira Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji, and hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba.

To find photos and tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip itinerary site .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 13:
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

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