20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
4
Kobe
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Bus to Tokyo Haneda, Fly to New Chitose
8
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Melbourne International Airport

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Ishigaki

— 2 nights
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 17th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then walk around Banna Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and then explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki planning website.

Melbourne, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Ishigaki is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in April; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 30°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, then step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, then kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, and finally take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima online trip planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In April in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

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 21st (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima road trip planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hiroshima in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Miyakojima in April: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Kobe

— 2 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 22nd (Sat), contemplate the long history of Arata Hachiman Shrine, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kobe Municipal Arboretum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, and finally examine the collection at Kobe Doll Museum. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck), examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, then examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, and finally admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki).

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kobe online journey planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kobe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Kobe, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Nature · Museums · Spas

Osaka

— 2 nights
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 24th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, then stroll around Kemasakuranomiya Park, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip app.

You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Kinkaku-ji and Tenryuji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nanzen-ji Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daigo-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Kyoto Botanical Garden, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and wander the streets of Pontocho District.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): hike along Momiji Tunnel, admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg., tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Kawaguchi, admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, then explore the world behind art at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, and finally stroll around Oishi Park. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Saiko Lake, then don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, then see the interesting displays at Kunimasu Museum, and finally stroll through Motosuko Lake.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi online road trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Museums · Nature · Trails

Noboribetsu

— 2 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Katta Shrine, witness a stunning natural landmark at Taisho Jigoku, take in the natural beauty of Oyunuma, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, then take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, and finally steep yourself in history at Natazukuri Kannon.

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

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Noboribetsu takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°C in Noboribetsu. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Japan travel guide

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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.