22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Kochi
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 15​min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h
7
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
8
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
9
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sydney

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and finally get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, then get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For maps and tourist information, read Tokyo itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple

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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Toji. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka Castle (in Osaka) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Todai-ji Temple, Osaka Castle
Highlights from your plan
Toji ©
Toji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): make a trip to Daimonzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho road trip planning tool .

Drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nachikatsura-cho when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

1
night
Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenshibuji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Kochi by combination of car and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Kochi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Zenshibuji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 14th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yakusugi Land.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Kochi to Yakushima-cho by combination of flight and taxi takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

1
night
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): make a trip to Shirakawa Springs, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho travel route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, plan for little chillier nights in Takachiho-cho, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shirakawa Springs
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

1
night
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls and then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Takachiho-cho to Iriomote-jima. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Iriomote-jima: highs are around 30°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

2
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.
On the 20th (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Yonehara Beach, then walk around Banna Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki route planner .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Scuba & Snorkeling. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sunayama Beach and Irabu Ohashi. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, contemplate the waterfront views at Toriike Pond, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima holiday planner .

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Scuba & Snorkeling

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