13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Ishigaki
— 1 day
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 45​min
2
Hatsukaichi
— 1 day
train:  2​h
3
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
taxi + train:  2​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

1
day
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 15th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki journey planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Ishigaki, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect nights in Ishigaki to be warmer, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Beaches Wildlife
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Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

1
day
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Miyajima, and then kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Hatsukaichi tour planning website .

Getting from Ishigaki to Hatsukaichi by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Ishigaki in May: high temperatures in Hatsukaichi hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle and then hike along Mt Shosha hiking.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary maker app .

Take a train from Hatsukaichi to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

3
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 Nara Park and Kinkaku-ji. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, make a trip to Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip builder .

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Himeji in May: highs in Kyoto hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Aokigahara Forest, then identify plant and animal life at Sankodai, and then take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Aokigahara Forest ©
Aokigahara Forest

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 22nd (Wed), explore the activities along Kido Pond, take a memorable drive along Shiga Kusatsu Kogen Route, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May, you will find days in Yamanouchi-machi are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Kido Pond ©
Kido Pond

4
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 some cultural insight at Sensō-ji and Edo-Tokyo Museum. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Tokyo sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. On the 26th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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