24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route builder

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Tokyo

— 6 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Tokyo Disneyland and Meiji Jingu Shrine will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Ikspiari & Tokyo DisneySea). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, meet the residents at Tokyo Sea Life Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip app.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Arashiyama, admire the natural beauty at Shugakuin Imperial Villa, appreciate the extensive heritage of Katsura Imperial Villa, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip builder.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Osaka

— 4 nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Universal Studios Japan and Koko-en. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Himeji (Shoshazan Engyoji & Himeji Castle). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and visit Dotombori District.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Naha

— 3 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Cape Manzamo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naha: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Onna-son), Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, Okichan Theater, &more) and Cave Okinawa (in Uruma). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, shop like a local with Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center, make a trip to Kokusaidori, and look for gifts at Fukurasha.

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Traveling by flight from Osaka to Naha takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. While traveling from Osaka, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Naha, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ishigaki

— 5 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Kabira Bay and Spas will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, and stop by Miyara River Hirugi Grove.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip builder app.

Fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 3.5 hours. In December in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Japan travel guide

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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.