23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  6​h
2
Nagasaki
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
train:  15​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
5
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Perth

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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and stroll through Kondoi Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki journey builder website .

Perth, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Perth in February, you will find days in Ishigaki are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

1
night
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the views from Megane Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Church Hongouchi, then see the interesting displays at Dejima, then wander the streets of Shinchi Chinatown, and finally step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Nagasaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Ishigaki in February: high temperatures in Nagasaki hover around 12°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

1
night
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then get to know the fascinating history of Miyajima, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mashike Itsukushima Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hatsukaichi online visit planner .

Take a train from Nagasaki to Hatsukaichi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kintaikyo Bridge, Mashike Itsukushima Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen

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 9th (Sun), examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Okonomimura, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planning tool .

Hiroshima is just a short distance from Hatsukaichi. In February, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip maker .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi), Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo) and Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Dotonbori, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. February in Osaka sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 15th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Takayama trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Osaka to Takayama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in February, you will find days in Takayama are slightly colder (7°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, make a trip to Omicho Market, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and finally walk around Kenrokuen Garden. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Shofukaku Garden, walk around Ishikawa Jumoku Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, then see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa tour itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ishikawa Jumoku Park
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel route planning website .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Kanazawa in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 12°C by day to 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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