21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
3
Zamami-son
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 20th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tomori Imugya Beach, stroll through Aragusuku Beach, and then kick back and relax at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach and then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima route builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Miyakojima due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in October: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 33°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

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.
Visit Yonehara Beach and Shiraho Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Kondoi Beach and Cape Hirakubozaki. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Fusaki Beach, stroll through Akashi Beach, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay.

Discover how to plan a Ishigaki trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Zamami-son

Zamami-son ©
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Visit Gahijima Sand Dune and Aharen Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Nishibama Beach and Aka Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Furuzamami Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hizushi Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Zamami-son day trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ishigaki to Zamami-son. In October in Zamami-son, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Aharen Beach
Highlights from your plan
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Aka Beach ©
Aka Beach

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 28th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima, and then kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima vacation builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zamami-son to Hiroshima. Traveling from Zamami-son in October, things will get slightly colder in Hiroshima: highs are around 26°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Oriental Ceramics and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan. Get some cultural insight at Gion and Nara Park. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, stop by Kyo no Takumi, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

6
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and The Hakone Open-Air Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sensō-ji and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Step out of Tokyo to go to Mitaka and see Ghibli Museum Mitaka, which is approximately 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Odaiba, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online visit planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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