24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
+2
bus + train + Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Ishigaki
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Nikko
— 3 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
8
Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Abu Dhabi

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 14th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, then stroll through Yonehara Beach, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Cape Ongazaki. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Banna Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kabira Park, then take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki day trip planning app .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Ishigaki is an approximately 16-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Ishigaki. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in March, you will find days in Ishigaki are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 16th (Sat), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Funauki Village, and finally admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima day trip planning tool .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, then go for a walk through Imugya Marine Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima road trip app .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge

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 20th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Miyakojima in March, plan for slightly colder days in Hiroshima, with highs around 16°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima ©
MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, browse the eclectic array of goods at Flea Market Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Chidorigafuchi and Marunouchi. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tokyo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

3
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu and then admire the natural beauty at Ashikaga Flower Park.

Before you visit Nikko, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are slightly colder, around 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Nikko

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Ashikaga Flower Park
Highlights from your plan
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura ©
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura
Ashikaga Flower Park ©
Ashikaga Flower Park
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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.
On the 29th (Fri), make a trip to Duskin Honsha 2F Terrace. Keep things going the next day: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yoshino.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of train and subway from Nikko to Osaka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nikko in March since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kobe, Mt. Yoshino, Duskin Honsha 2F Terrace
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Mt. Yoshino ©
Mt. Yoshino
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
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.
On the 1st (Mon), examine the collection at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Tanuki, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arakurayama Sengen Park, then make a trip to Chureito Pagoda, and finally get in on the family fun at La Ville de Gaspard Et Lisa.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi itinerary planner .

Getting from Osaka to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Osaka in April, expect nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Hokuto, Lake Tanuki
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tanuki ©
Lake Tanuki
Arakurayama Sengen Park ©
Arakurayama Sengen Park
Chureito Pagoda ©
Chureito Pagoda

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