19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Train:  14 h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
7
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Melbourne

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Samurai Armor Photo Studio and Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and walk around Hama Rikyu Gardens.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online tour planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in May, with highs in Tokyo at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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 Ninna-ji Temple and Tenryuji Temple. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally stroll around Kemasakuranomiya Park.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel route planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In May, daytime highs in Osaka are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel

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 13th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Peace Flame, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

Plan a Hiroshima trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Shukkei-en Garden ©
Shukkei-en Garden
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and then head off the coast to Nokonoshima Island. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple, and then make a trip to Hakata Station.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park ©
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 17th (Sun), take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, then take in the views from Kurima Bridge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima tour planning app .

Getting from Fukuoka to Miyakojima by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In May, Miyakojima is somewhat warmer than Fukuoka - with highs of 32°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stroll around Kabira Park, get outside with Yonehara Beach, then stroll around Banna Park, and finally get outside with Kondoi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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