15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + train:  15​h 30​min
1
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
2
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ise
— 1 night
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Onna-son
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
8
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
9
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
10
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 30th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, explore the striking landscape of Pola Museum of Art, explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally stroll around Onshi Hakone Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi travel app .

Melbourne, Australia to Hakone-machi is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. Traveling from Melbourne to Hakone-machi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be a bit cooler, around 7°C, while days are colder, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone
Okada Museum of Art ©
Okada Museum of Art

1
night
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 31st (Tue), don't miss a visit to Hida Furukawa Old Town, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip planning site .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Takayama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Hakone-machi in March since evenings lows in Takayama dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Tours Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Hida Furukawa Old Town
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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 1st (Wed): make a trip to Daimonzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, and finally stop by Katsuura Nigiwai Market.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho day trip planning website .

You can drive from Takayama to Nachikatsura-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Takayama in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Nachikatsura-cho: highs are around 17°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls

1
night
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 2nd (Thu), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Shrine Geku, then contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ise trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Toba Aquarium
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Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, then take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and finally look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Takachiho.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho tour planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Ise to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ise in April: highs in Takachiho-cho hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then make a trip to Taikoiwa. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Yakushima Local Produce Processing and Marketing Center and then explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

Plan my day in Yakushima-cho using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

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. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in April, Yakushima-cho is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, then contemplate the long history of Katsuren Castle Ruins, and finally don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, explore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and then buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Onna-son road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. April in Onna-son sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Shopping Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Kitanakagusuku-son, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Nakijin Castle Ruins
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

1
night
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima vacation website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima. Traveling from Onna-son in April, Iriomote-jima is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, then stop by Yurateiku Market, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki planner .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 10th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunayama Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Aragusuku Beach, make a trip to East Henna Cape, then make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima day trip tool .

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2 hours. In April in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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