24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 3 nights
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
3
Nara
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
6
Urayasu
— 3 nights
7
Towada
— 3 nights
8
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights

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.
Attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Ninja-Do make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Himeji Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka holiday planning app.

Melbourne, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Osaka due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Osaka, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Himeji
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe

2
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble as well as Banna Park. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach, kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, get active on the water at Fusaki Beach, then get outside with Yonehara Beach, and finally explore the activities along Kabira Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, then kick back and relax at Sunset Beach, and finally Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki day trip planner.

You can fly from Osaka to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Osaka in September, with highs in Ishigaki at 37°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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 23rd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Daibutsuden, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, get your game on at Animal Shelter Zoo, then examine the collection at Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum, then contemplate the long history of Tegaimon, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nara tour planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Nara in 6.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Ishigaki in September: high temperatures in Nara hover around 33°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Kamo Planetarium
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
Arashiyama has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take a stroll through Arashiyama, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, then get your game on at Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, and finally steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, get to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, then have some family-friendly fun at NINJA VR KYOTO, and finally steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Kyoto, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
NINJA VR KYOTO ©
NINJA VR KYOTO
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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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.
Kids will enjoy Tokyo Tower and Tokyo National Museum. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Urayasu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings

3
nights
Urayasu

Urayasu ©
A city lying on Tokyo Bay, Urayasu used to stand separate from the giant metropolis next door, but now, even though it belongs to another prefecture, it seems part of the capital.
Bring the kids along to Tokyo Disneyland and Kamogawa Sea World. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Urayasu: Awamatanotaki Waterfall (in Otaki-machi), Yomogi Fudodaki Waterfall (in Kamogawa) and Kameyama Lake (in Kimitsu). And it doesn't end there: discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea, explore the world behind art at Hoki Museum, look for gifts at Bon Voyage, and stroll around Urayasu Comprehensive Park.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Urayasu itinerary builder site.

Urayasu is very close to Tokyo. In September, daytime highs in Urayasu are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Towada.

Things to do in Urayasu

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kamogawa, Awamatanotaki Waterfall, Hoki Museum, Forest adventure Tarzania, Sakura Hiroba
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World

3
nights
Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Oirase Mountain Stream. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Kudan no Taki Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Mountain Stream, then take in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall, then see the sky in a new way at Hakka Pass Observatory, and finally take some stellar pictures from Shimeitei Observatory. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Asamushi Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aomori Asamushi Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Showa Daibutsu, then make a trip to Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Sannai-Maruyama Site.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Towada vacation planner.

Getting from Urayasu to Towada by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Urayasu in October, expect Towada to be a bit cooler, temps between 18°C and 15°C. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Aomori, Kosaka-machi, Misawa Aviation & Science Museum
Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Choshi Otaki Waterfall ©
Choshi Otaki Waterfall
Misawa Aviation & Science Museum
Misawa Aviation & Science Museum

3
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kids will enjoy The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Fuji-Q Highland. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, and contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Towada to Hakone-machi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. October in Hakone-machi sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Theme Parks · Baths · Spas

Side Trip

Fuji-Q Highland
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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