25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Ferry:  1​h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly:  6​h
4
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Subway + Train:  4​h 30​min
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
7
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
8
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
9
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 31st (Sat), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then get outside with Sunayama Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima travel route planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Miyakojima is minus 1 hour. In October, Miyakojima is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Mon), get outside with Kondoi Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, then get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki travel route site .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. November in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): head off the coast to Barasu Island, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, then head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and finally head outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima attractions planner .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. November in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

2
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, browse the different shops at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, then step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins, and finally explore the historical opulence of Zakimi Castle Ruins.

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Explore your travel options from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son with the Route module. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Onna-son, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 7th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land and then don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, kick back and relax at Nagata Inakahama, then trek along Seibu Trail, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Onna-son in November: highs in Yakushima-cho hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yamato Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Your inner history buff will appreciate Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, with highs in Hiroshima at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Koyasan Okunoin and Dotonbori. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kongobu-ji Temple and Osaka Castle. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Koyasan Danjo Garan (in Koya-cho) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Nara Park). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten, and have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tenryuji Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto day trip website .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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.
Do your shopping at Omotesando and Ginza. Tokyo National Museum and Zojo-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, make a trip to Hozomon, admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, and take a stroll through Yanaka.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Yanaka ©
Yanaka

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