18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  7​h
6
Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Yoko Gushiken Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip maker tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Ishigaki is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect nights in Ishigaki to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kondoi Beach, Island Countryside Settlement
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then look for gifts at Monokoto Store, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in January, with highs in Hiroshima at 11°C and lows at 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tofuku-ji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA (in Ikeda) and Nara Park (in Nara). The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kyoto trip simple and quick.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Dotonbori, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Nara Park
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway. On the 1st (Fri), trek along Momiji Tunnel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, then take a memorable ride with Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, then examine the collection at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planner .

You can drive from Kyoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Baths Spas

Side Trips

Onsen Resorts, Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, Gotemba Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Momiji Tunnel ©
Momiji Tunnel
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Samurai Museum and Enoshima Island. Get outdoors at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Mt. Takao. Change things up with a short trip to Nogeyama Zoo in Yokohama (about 58 minutes away). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Ueno, and shop like a local with Ginza.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo driving holiday planning app .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mt. Takao, Yokohama Municipal Nogeyama Zoo, Enoshima Island
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Ueno ©
Ueno
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum

3
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Get in touch with nature at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Shinsennuma. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rusutsu Resort Ski and Tomioka Catholic Church. Get out of town with these interesting Kutchan-cho side-trips: Otaru (The Site of Temiya Line, Otaru-shi General Museum, & more) and Shimamu Beach (in Shakotan-cho). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Mishima's Shibazakura Garden.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kutchan-cho trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Tokyo to Kutchan-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in February, expect nights in Kutchan-cho to be little chillier, around -5°C, while days are much colder, around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Otaru, Rusutsu Resort Ski, Shinsennuma, Shimamu Beach
Highlights from your plan
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski

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