24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  8​h
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ise
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visiting Sunayama Beach and Shimojiiima Island will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Aragusuku Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, stroll through Yonaha Maehama Beach, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip maker app .

Sydney, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 24°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time 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
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku 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.
Shop till you drop at Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Art. Explore hidden gems such as Cape Hirakubozaki and Kondoi Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Iriomote-jima (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Kayaking & Canoeing). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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 16th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho vacation planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Nachikatsura-cho takes 8 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in January, with highs in Nachikatsura-cho at 11°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Shrine Geku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, then make a trip to Oharai-machi, then get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Okageza, explore the historical opulence of Ise Ninja Kingdom, and then meet the residents at Toba Aquarium.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ise trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Ise are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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

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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tofuku-ji Temple and Chion-in Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planning site .

You can drive from Ise to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ise in January since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Himeji Castle
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Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Gokayama. Appreciate the collections at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Ainokura Gassho Community (in Nanto) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa travel planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Minato Mirai 21 and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Pola Museum of Art in Hakone-machi, about 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online itinerary planner .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Kanazawa in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Pola Museum of Art, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Minato Mirai 21
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Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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