16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1​h
5
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4​h
6
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and then ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sydney to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Tokyo is cooler than Sydney - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tofuku-ji Temple and Kodai-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

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Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 3rd (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the next day, make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online trip planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

2
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.
On the 5th (Sun), stroll through Yonehara Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Banna Park, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and then stroll through Kondoi Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In January, Ishigaki is much warmer than Hiroshima - with highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, then go for a walk through Ruins of Amitory Village, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, then head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and then don't miss a visit to Heritiera Littoralis Tree of Nakama River.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip maker site .

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about an hour. In January, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Nature Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Irabu Bridge, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima travel route planner.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
East Henna Cape ©
East Henna Cape
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge

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