24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Tokushima
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Kochi
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kotohira-cho
— 1 night
Drive
6
Shodoshima-cho, Shodo-shima
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Train
8
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, stop by Dotombori District, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip tool.

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tokushima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

3
nights
Tokushima

Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, then make a trip to Zuiganji Temple, and finally make a trip to Jōroku-ji Temple. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Naruto Strait, contemplate the waterfront views at Naruto Whirlpools, snap pictures at Onaruto Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Omiwa Shrine, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Bizan, and finally examine the collection at Tokushimacity Tengu Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokushima tour website.

Drive from Osaka to Tokushima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Osaka in October since evenings lows in Tokushima dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kochi.

Things to do in Tokushima

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

2
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kochi side-trips: Niyodogawa-cho (Nakatsu Valley & Yasuike Valley) and Miyoshi (Oboke Koboke & Iya Kazura Bridge). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hirome Ichiba, walk around Godaisan Park, and kick back and relax at Katsura Hama.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kochi trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Tokushima to Kochi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Tokushima in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kochi, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

2
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Matsuyama

Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock, soak in some Japanese tradition at Dogo Onsengai, then make a trip to Dogo Onsen Station, then explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Okaido Shopping Street. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Namekawakeikoku, explore the activities along Shirai Fall, then head off the coast to Nogutsunajima Island, and finally stroll around Itoyama Park.

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

You can drive from Kochi to Matsuyama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. October in Matsuyama sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kotohira-cho.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

1
night
Kotohira-cho

Known only for being the home of the Kompirasan Shrine Complex, the tiny town of Kotohira-cho remains a popular day trip destination from larger nearby cities.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): make a trip to Kotohiragu shrine office, then steep yourself in history at Kotohira-gu, then don't miss a visit to Kompira Shrine Omotesando, and finally admire the striking features of JR Kotohira Station.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotohira-cho trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Matsuyama to Kotohira-cho by car takes about 2 hours. In October in Kotohira-cho, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Shodoshima-cho.

Things to do in Kotohira-cho

Historic Sites

2
nights
Shodoshima-cho, Shodo-shima

On an island famed for its gorgeous landscapes and seaside vistas, the town of Shodoshima-cho serves as the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Japanese city life.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): appreciate the views at Kankakei Gorge, enjoy breathtaking views from Kankakei Summit Observation, explore the striking landscape at Angel Road, then admire the natural beauty at Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park, and finally get in on the family fun at Movie Village of 24-no-Hitomi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Yama-Roku Shoyu, take an in-depth tour of Marukin Soysouce Memorial, explore the activities along Dofuchi Strait, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nakayama Senmaida, then admire the natural beauty at Olive Garden, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Kusakabe Port.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Shodoshima-cho online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kotohira-cho to Shodoshima-cho takes 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Shodoshima-cho are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Shodoshima-cho

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

2
nights
Takamatsu

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
On the 25th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Negoroji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Yashima, then take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, then admire the natural beauty at Tamamo Park, and finally explore the historical opulence of Takamatsu Castle. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Great Seto Bridge, enjoy some diversion at Sanuki Kid's Kingdom, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, and finally contemplate the long history of Hiunkaku.

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

Traveling by car from Shodoshima-cho to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Takamatsu are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Museums

Side Trip

2
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Fukuoka

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Explore Fukuoka's surroundings by going to Mojiko Retro (in Kitakyushu), Dazaifu (Dazaifu Tenman-gu & Tenkai Inari Shrine) and Komenoyama Obsevatory (in Sasaguri-machi). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and admire the striking features of Hakata Station.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Fukuoka trip planner.

Getting from Takamatsu to Fukuoka by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

3
nights
Nagasaki

City of Peace

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.
When in Nagasaki, make a side trip to see Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, approximately Sasebo away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, and appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki online trip planner.

Drive from Fukuoka to Nagasaki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Shikoku travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.