24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + train + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 day
taxi + train:  2​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
4
Naniwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
7
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
8
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Dubai

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.
Get outdoors at Kabira Bay and Kaiji Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, stop by Yurateiku Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sukuji Bathing Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary tool .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Ishigaki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in March, expect nights in Ishigaki to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

1
day
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 26th (Tue), fly down the slopes at Shiga Kogen and then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi online vacation planner .

Do a combination of flight, train, and taxi from Ishigaki to Yamanouchi-machi in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of flight, train, and car. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in March, with highs in Yamanouchi-machi at 11°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area

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.
Get some cultural insight at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Shop till you drop at Ginza and Harajuku Takeshita-dori. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo attractions planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Yamanouchi-machi - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Naniwa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
Naniwa

Naniwa ©
On the 1st (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Naniwa trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Tokyo to Naniwa with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Naniwa

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 3rd (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, explore the activities along Sarusawa Pond, take an in-depth tour of Nara National Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nara online itinerary builder .

Drive from Naniwa to Nara in an hour. In April in Nara, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trip

Horyu-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple

5
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 outdoors at Monkey Park Iwatayama and Kamogawa River. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan and Kyoto International Manga Museum. There's much more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Kyoto is very close to Nara. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nara in April since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): revel in the low prices at Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Komyoji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Himeji City Tegarayama Botanical Garden, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Shosha hiking, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Himeji road trip website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets ©
Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, head off the coast to Miyajima, and then go for a walk through Yogaisan. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip maker app .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Katsuragahama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

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