26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Townsville
Fly + Train:  13​h 15​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6​h
4
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Subway + Train:  4​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
7
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Townsville

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nishi Honganji and Ishibe Alley. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Gion, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto travel route builder .

Townsville, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Ainokura Gassho Community. Explore hidden gems such as Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Suganuma Gassho Community. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, & more), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Higashiyama Walking Course). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, wander the streets of Gokayama, and contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Takayama, Maruoka Castle, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hase-dera Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Let the collections at Pola Museum of Art and Samurai Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Sankeien Gardens (in Naka) and Minato Mirai 21 (in Yokohama). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, and get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo journey maker tool .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Yokohama, Hase-dera Temple, Pola Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oko no Taki Fall and Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. There's more to do: make a trip to Taikoiwa.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Tokyo to Yakushima-cho in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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.
Get some historical perspective at Daishoin Temple and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Appreciate the collections at JMSDF Kure Museum and Yamato Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Gekijyo, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima road trip planning tool .

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. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Aragusuku Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Toguchi no Hama and Yonaha Maehama Beach. There's much more to do: stroll through Sunayama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, and visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hiroshima in September, with highs in Miyakojima at 36°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Cape Hirakubozaki. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Yurateiku Market. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, stroll through Kondoi Beach, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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