20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Launceston
Bus + Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train + Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
4
Matsue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  4 h 15 min
6
Aso
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Hitoyoshi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
8
Amakusa
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h 30 min
9
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
10
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  19 h
End: Launceston

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.
Samurai Museum has been added to your itinerary. On your second day here, examine the collection at Tokiwakimon Samurai Museum, then see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, then examine the collection at Fire Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Memorial Warships Mikasa.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip site.

Launceston, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Launceston to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Launceston, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tokiwakimon Samurai Museum, Memorial Warships Mikasa
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Kyu-Furukawa Gardens ©
Kyu-Furukawa Gardens
Memorial Warships Mikasa ©
Memorial Warships Mikasa
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

1
day
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
On the 20th (Mon), stop by Ogimachi, then contemplate the long history of Kanda house, and then steep yourself in history at Shirakawago.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Shirakawa-mura day trip website.

You can do a combination of train and car from Tokyo to Shirakawa-mura in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Tokyo in May, Shirakawa-mura is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Ogimachi ©
Ogimachi

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): head outdoors with Kujirahama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Kinomatsushima Island, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudarakusanji Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho vacation planning app.

Drive from Shirakawa-mura to Nachikatsura-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Shirakawa-mura in May since evenings lows in Nachikatsura-cho dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kujirahama Beach
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Kinomatsushima Island ©
Kinomatsushima Island
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine
Fudarakusanji Temple ©
Fudarakusanji Temple

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography and Kojindani Ruin. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Suga Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsue: Muki Banda Remains (in Daisen-cho), Oda (Omori Town Exchange Center & Sanbe Azukihara Burried Trees Park) and Izumo (Hinomisaki Coast, Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sada Shrine.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Matsue travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Matsue in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in May, Matsue is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Oda, Suga Shrine, Muki Banda Remains, Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Sanbe Azukihara Burried Trees Park ©
Sanbe Azukihara Burried Trees Park
Kojindani Ruin ©
Kojindani Ruin

1
night
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 25th (Sat), catch a live event at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then admire the striking features of Peace Clock Tower, and finally pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima day trip planning site.

You can drive from Matsue to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Aso.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Museum of Art ©
Hiroshima Museum of Art
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

2
nights
Aso

Aso
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kuju, then don't miss a visit to Yamanami Highway, then don't miss a visit to Ikeyama Springs, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Aso Mizuki Meguri. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine, then look for all kinds of wild species at Ogi Rice Terraces, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kuju Mountain Range, and finally appreciate the views at Kuju Highland.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Aso trip planning app.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Aso in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hitoyoshi.

Things to do in Aso

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketa, Ubuyama-mura, Yamanami Highway, Kuju Mountain Range
Highlights from your plan
Ikeyama Springs
Ikeyama Springs
Mt. Kuju ©
Mt. Kuju

1
night
Hitoyoshi

Hitoyoshi ©
Hitoyoshi is a city in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Amamiya Shrine, see the interesting displays at Hakutake Denshogura, don't miss a visit to Sekisuiji Temple, then experience the excitement of Kumagawa Rail Road, and finally contemplate the long history of The House of Japanese Samurai in Olden Times- Bukekura.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Hitoyoshi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Aso to Hitoyoshi takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Amakusa.

Things to do in Hitoyoshi

Fun & Games Transportation Historic Sites

Side Trip

Amamiya Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Amamiya Shrine ©
Amamiya Shrine

2
nights
Amakusa

Amakusa ©
On the 29th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Hondo Catholic Church, then examine the collection at Goshoura Cretaceous Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Sakitsu Museum Minatoya, and finally stroll around Nishibira Tsubaki Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Kuchinotsu Folk History Museum and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Amakusa day trip planning site.

You can drive from Hitoyoshi to Amakusa in 2.5 hours. May in Amakusa sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Amakusa

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Kuchinotsu Folk History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Goshoura Cretaceous Museum ©
Goshoura Cretaceous Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, and then get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Mt.Omotodake, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and then stop by Yurateiku Market.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki online route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Amakusa to Ishigaki. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amakusa in May: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Island Countryside Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yabiji and Boraga Limestone Cave. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach, step off the mainland to explore Ogami Island, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and relax in the rural setting at Farm Shop Utopia Farm Miyakojima.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima online route maker.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. In June in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yabiji
Yabiji
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Tomori Imugya Beach ©
Tomori Imugya Beach

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