15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Ferry:  1​h
4
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  4​h
5
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

2
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.
Visit Tokyo National Museum and Imperial Palace for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Ginza, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker app .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. In April in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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.
Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Toji and Tofuku-ji Temple. The adventure continues: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Dotonbori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto holiday planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, then get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then stop by Pinion Direct Shop, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kyoto in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 30°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Get in touch with nature at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Funauki Village. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iriomote Island and Kayaking & Canoeing. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Nakano Beach, contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi, stroll through Ida no Hama Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls.

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Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In April in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nakano Beach ©
Nakano Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Kurima Bridge, then kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, then snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach.

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Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in April, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

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