19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train to Nagoya, Train to Ise
2
Ise
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kumano
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Fly
6
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Ishigaki
Ferry
8
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ishigakiko Rito Terminal, Fly to Nanjo
9
Nanjo
— 1 night
Drive to Naha Airport, Fly to Melbourne

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Tokyo

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, steep yourself in history at Hozomon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sumida River, then take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, and finally make a trip to Nezu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Todoroki Valley, steep yourself in history at Jindai-ji Temple, explore the activities along Masugata no Ike Group of Springs/Otaka no Michi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takahata Fudoson Kongo-ji Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nagaike Park.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planning website.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in June, with highs in Tokyo at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Ise

— 1 night
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 8th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Yamato-hime Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, then get engrossed in the history at Jingu Chokokan Museum, then steep yourself in history at Izawanomiya, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Asama.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ise planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Ise in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in June, expect nights in Ise to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are slightly colder, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kumano.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Kumano

— 2 nights
Explore hidden gems such as Hanano Iwaya Caves and Ubuta Shrine. Get in touch with nature at Sasa Falls and Mt. Omine. Change things up with these side-trips from Kumano: Tenkawa-mura (Dorogawa Shizen Kenkyuro & Ominesanji).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kumano day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Ise to Kumano in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in June, and nighttime lows around 25°C. You will leave for Nachikatsura-cho on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Kumano

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 12th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Kinomatsushima Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine Temizuhachi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, make a trip to Kumano Hayatama Taisha Oshimboku Nagi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Soo-ji Temple. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Katsuura Kyochiho Oroshiuri Ichiba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, explore the activities along Nachi Forest, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, and finally admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho online vacation planner.

You can drive from Kumano to Nachikatsura-cho in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Nachikatsura-cho can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gio-ji Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. Get some historical perspective at Nijo Castle and Tofuku-ji Temple. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, and wander the streets of Pontocho District.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip website.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 17th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Harimizu Utaki, head outdoors with Nakanoshima Beach, delve into the distant past at Ninto zeiseki, then see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Nakasone Toyumya Tomb. On your second day here, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, head outdoors with Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House, then head outdoors with Sea Sky Hakuai, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast, and finally steep yourself in history at Kurima Tomibansho.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima road trip site.

You can fly from Kyoto to Miyakojima in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kyoto in June: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 36°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

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.
To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 32°C. On the 18th (Sat), you're off to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): head off the coast to Iriomote Island, take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, then contemplate the long history of Residence of Niimori, and finally admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Geta Waterfall, then make a trip to Heritiera Littoralis Tree of Nakama River, and then steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Iriomote-jima journey planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. June in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nanjo.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Nanjo

— 1 night
With a long Pacific coastline, Nanjo offers fantastic views of the ocean from high cliffs covered with lush greenery, as well as from its long sandy beaches.
On the 21st (Tue), kick back and relax at Azama Sun Sun Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangui, steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudakajima Yohaijo, then examine the collection at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Urasoe Castle Ruins. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Hyakuna Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Ojima Coast, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then take in the history at Mabuni Hill, and finally get outside with Cape Kyan.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Nanjo trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Nanjo in 4 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nanjo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.