23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Kagoshima, Train to Kumamoto, Drive to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Taxi to Bungoogi, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki — 3 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Banna Park. There's still lots to do: get outside with Kondoi Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and stroll around Kabira Park.

For where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki day trip app.

Melbourne, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Ishigaki. In April, Ishigaki is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Miyakojima.
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Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:

Miyakojima — 3 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ikema Ohashi Bridge and Irabu Ohashi. The adventure continues: get outside with Sunayama Beach, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, make a trip to East Henna Cape, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima holiday builder app.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. April in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Nagasaki.
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Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

Nagasaki — 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 20th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Glover Garden, then step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island, and then take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip planner.

Fly from Miyakojima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. In April, Nagasaki is little chillier than Miyakojima - with highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Yakushima-cho.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

Yakushima-cho — 2 nights

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 22nd (Sat): head outdoors with Yakusugi Land. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, then make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Taikoiwa.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho travel planner.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Yakushima-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. April in Yakushima-cho sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.
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Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:

Takachiho-cho — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, train, and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, Takachiho-cho is little chillier at night with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 24:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 25th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and finally steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima visit planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:

Kyoto — 4 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (in Osaka). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jishu Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Find places to stay Apr 26 — 30:

Kanazawa — 1 night

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 1st (Mon), walk around Kanazawa Castle Park, stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally make a trip to Tsuzumi Gate.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kanazawa using our trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can fly to Tokyo.
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Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 1:

Tokyo — 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chidorigafuchi and Meguro River. Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, and walk around Ueno Park.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo visit website.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay May 1 — 5:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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