19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
2
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Okinawa City
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  14 h
End: Melbourne

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.
On the 4th (Mon), get outside with Kondoi Beach and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement. On the next day, walk around Banna Park, then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki day trip planning app .

Melbourne, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect Ishigaki to be warmer, temps between 34°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Island Countryside Settlement, Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

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 6th (Wed): head outdoors with Yonaha Maehama Beach, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and finally head outdoors with Toguchi no Hama. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to East Henna Cape, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, then take in the views from Kurima Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

1
night
Okinawa City

Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Okinawa City route tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Miyakojima to Okinawa City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Katsuren Castle Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Katsuren Castle Ruins ©
Katsuren Castle Ruins

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple, and finally head off the coast to Nokonoshima Island.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Okinawa City to Fukuoka. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Tochoji Temple ©
Tochoji Temple
Fukuoka City Museum ©
Fukuoka City Museum

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 10th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, then appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and finally step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip maker .

Getting from Fukuoka to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Miyajima
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, then get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, wander the streets of Minami (Namba), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Osaka online sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Kasuga Grand Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Toji and Chion-in Temple. Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Gion, and contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto travel itinerary planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Toji ©
Toji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nezu Shrine and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). Your inner history buff will appreciate Zojo-ji Temple and Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, visit Ueno, take a stroll through Odaiba, and don't miss a visit to Tokyo National Museum.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple

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