24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  4​h
6
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1​h
7
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Minato Mirai 21 and Takeshita Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tokyo vacation planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in November, expect Tokyo to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
Highlights from your plan
Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory. Your inner history buff will appreciate Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Natadera Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community, Ainokura Gassho Community, & more), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more) and Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Jinya, & more). The adventure continues: cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate, and step into the grandiose world of Maruoka Castle.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa holiday builder tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Nanto, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Highlights from your plan
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kodai-ji Temple and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kinkaku-ji. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Itsukushima Shrine Torii and JMSDF Kure Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Itsukushima Gekijyo. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Take a break from the city and head to Yabiji and Yonaha Maehama Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Sunayama Beach and Shimojiiima Island. The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and take in the views from Kurima Bridge.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima tour planning tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Hiroshima, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Miyakojima, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 21st (Thu), head off the coast to Iriomote Island and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip maker site .

Traveling by ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 4 hours. November in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kondoi Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. Escape the urban bustle at Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, walk around Kabira Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki online travel planner .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. November in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

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

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