25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Mudgee
Fly + Drive:  23 h
1
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Takayama
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Kochi
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Matsue
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
7
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h
8
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h 15 min
End: Mudgee

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Amanatto Kawamura and Shirayama Hime Shrine. You'll explore and learn at Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design and Kanazawa Phonograph Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Cosmo Isle Hakui (in Hakui), Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice (in Kaga) and THE SUIBOKU MUSEUM, TOYAMA (in Toyama). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Yasue Hachimangu, admire the masterpieces at Kanazawa Noh Museum, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary website .

Mudgee, Australia to Kanazawa is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Mudgee to Kanazawa, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mudgee in April, you will find days in Kanazawa are little chillier (20°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Childrens Museums Spas

Side Trips

Toyama, Cosmo Isle Hakui, Shirayama Hime Shrine, Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum ©
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
Shirayama Hime Shrine ©
Shirayama Hime Shrine

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Head to Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi and Funasaka Shuzo Breweryfor some retail therapy. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Daio-ji Temple and Shirakabe Dozogai. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takayama: Kisofukushima (in Kiso-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (Kanda house & Shirakawago). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Hirase Shuzo Brewery, and Head underground at Hida Great Limestone Cave and Ohashi Collection Kan Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama tour itinerary builder website .

Getting from Kanazawa to Takayama by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Shirakabe Dozogai, Kisofukushima
Highlights from your plan
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

1
night
Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture, then see the interesting displays at Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum, and finally look for gifts at Imoya Kinjiro Hidaka Honten. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the fresh offerings at Thursday City, walk around Godaisan Park, then make a trip to Tourism Event Hall Ryomaden Bakumatsu Shishi Shachu, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi sightseeing tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Takayama to Kochi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Takayama in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kochi, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Kochi

Shopping Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Imoya Kinjiro Hidaka Honten, Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum, Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture
Highlights from your plan
Imoya Kinjiro Hidaka Honten ©
Imoya Kinjiro Hidaka Honten
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse and Kojindani Ruin. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hiruzen Daisen Skyline Kimen Lookout Rest Area and Karakama Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsue: Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Yasugi), Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography (in Hoki-cho) and Izumo (Inochinushi no Yashiro & Hinomisaki Coast). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Suga Shrine and learn about winemaking at Oku-izumo Vineyard.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Matsue sightseeing planner.

Getting from Kochi to Matsue by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Traveling from Kochi in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Matsue, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Izumo, Unnan, Hiruzen Daisen Skyline Kimen Lookout Rest Area, Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography, Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography ©
Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography
Karakama Shrine ©
Karakama 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mashike Itsukushima Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kamoizumi Sake Brewery, and finally see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online trip builder .

Getting from Matsue to Hiroshima by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mashikeitsukushima Shrine, Kamoizumi Sake Brewery, JMSDF Kure Museum
Highlights from your plan
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Hiroshima Museum of Art ©
Hiroshima Museum of Art
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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 29th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, stroll through Aragusuku Beach, and then snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, things will get a bit warmer in Miyakojima: highs are around 29°C and lows about 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Hirakubozaki and Kondoi Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Island Countryside Settlement and East Paisaji Ogoku. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, head outdoors with Yarabudake, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki vacation planner .

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. April in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Miho Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiyamadera Temple, then take in the exciting artwork at Nowaki, and finally stop by Ippodo Tea Kyoto. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Myoshinji Temple, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, then contemplate the long history of Honen-in, and finally contemplate the long history of Keage Incline.

Plan trip to Kyoto with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Kyoto takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in May, expect Kyoto to be little chillier, temps between 29°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Otsu, Miho Museum
Highlights from your plan
Miho Museum ©
Miho Museum
Ishiyamadera Temple ©
Ishiyamadera Temple
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden

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