25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 45​min
3
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Train:  5​h 15​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Matsue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
8
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Ise
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Eiheiji-cho
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
11
Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
12
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, make a trip to East Henna Cape, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then head outdoors with Sunayama Beach, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and finally make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, then head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, then head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Makiyama Observatory.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip itinerary planning site .

Melbourne, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Miyakojima. Traveling from Melbourne in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Miyakojima. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, shop like a local with Nei Museum of Art, stroll around Kabira Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, then stroll around Banna Park, and finally look for gifts at Yurateiku Market.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Yurateiku Market ©
Yurateiku Market

2
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, then make a trip to Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Zakimi Castle Ruins, steep yourself in history at Katsuren Castle Ruins, then explore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and finally steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Onna-son journey app .

Getting from Ishigaki to Onna-son by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in November, Onna-son is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Kitanakagusuku-son, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Zakimi Castle Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins ©
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins

1
night
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
On the 26th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka, admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho driving holiday planning website .

You can fly from Onna-son to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Onna-son in November, with highs in Takachiho-cho at 19°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally examine the collection at Yamato Museum.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima route planning tool .

You can take a train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
On the 29th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Former Taisha Station, take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, then stop by Shussaigama, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Miho Shrine. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Taisha Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Adachi Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamosu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Matsue Castle.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsue travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Hiroshima to Matsue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Matsue, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Shinji Lake, Adachi Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station
Miho Shrine ©
Miho Shrine

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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.
On the 1st (Tue), don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jodoji Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, then stop by Myochin Hompo, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

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Traveling by car from Matsue to Himeji takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Himeji are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Takasago, Jodoji Temple, Sumiyoshi Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Sumiyoshi Shrine
Sumiyoshi Shrine

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kodai-ji Temple and Kyo no Takumi. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Osaka Castle. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Dotonbori in Osaka--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, examine the collection at Okageza, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Ise Ninja Kingdom, contemplate the long history of Hinjitsukan, browse the different shops at Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium (Ise Sea Paradise), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meotoiwa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ise trip website .

You can drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 9°C in Ise. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Eiheiji-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

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night
Eiheiji-cho

Eiheiji-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Keya Kurotatsu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Yokokan Garden, explore the historical opulence of Maruoka Castle, contemplate the long history of Suwa Yakata Remains Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakko-In Zen Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Eiheiji-cho trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ise to Eiheiji-cho takes 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Eiheiji-cho when traveling from Ise in December, with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Eiheiji-cho

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Fukui, Maruoka Castle
Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Maruoka Castle ©
Maruoka Castle
Keya Kurotatsu Shrine ©
Keya Kurotatsu Shrine

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night
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takkoku no Iwaya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Motsu-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Konjiki-do.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiraizumi-cho trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Eiheiji-cho to Hiraizumi-cho with the Route module. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Eiheiji-cho in December: high temperatures in Hiraizumi-cho hover around 4°C and lows are around -1°C. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do ©
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Hase-dera Temple and Takeshita Street. Popular historic sites such as Tokyo National Museum and Kōtoku-in are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Odaiba, take in the exciting artwork at Art Jeunesse Akihabara, and shop like a local with Ginza.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip planning site .

Drive from Hiraizumi-cho to Tokyo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hiraizumi-cho in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kamakura
Highlights from your plan
Ginza ©
Ginza
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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