27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  29​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  7​h
3
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
4
Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
7
Miyoshi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Kotohira-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Kita
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
10
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ghibli Museum, Edo-Tokyo Museum and Shitamachi Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in July: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Shitamachi Museum ©
Shitamachi Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): examine the collection at Hida Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village, examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Myozenji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): stop by Hida Bussankan, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, sample the tasty concoctions at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, then get engrossed in the history at Takayama Showa Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Yoshijima Heritage House, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Takayama online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Takayama takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Takayama, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Myozenji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

2
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
On the 7th (Sun), go for a walk through Sengan-en Garden, then appreciate the history behind Okubo Toshimichi Statue, and then look for gifts at Dolphin Port. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): browse the different shops at Aeon Mall Kagoshima, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Iso Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kagoshima route planning app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Takayama to Kagoshima in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Kagoshima can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Shopping Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Aeon Mall Kagoshima ©
Aeon Mall Kagoshima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Thermal Spas

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yakusugi Land and Tachudake. Take a break from the city and head to Isso Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's lots more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the striking landscape at Tashiro Beach, see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and learn more about the world around you at Yakusugi Museum.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho trip itinerary maker website .

Do a combination of train, taxi, and flight from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach
Yakusugi Museum ©
Yakusugi Museum

2
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 13th (Sat), go for a stroll along the water at Hojo Kashima, get engrossed in the history at Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei, and then stop by Karari Fresh Park Michi-no-Eki. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at Dogo Onsengai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaiganzan Iwayaji Temple, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Namekawakeikoku.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Matsuyama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, train, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Uchiko-cho, Namekawakeikoku, Kaiganzan Iwayaji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Hojo Kashima ©
Hojo Kashima

2
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu ©
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shidoji Temple, browse the different shops at Yume Town Takamatsu, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Marugamemachi GREEN. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Negoroji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Former Nozakike House, then go for a stroll along the water at Shibukawa Coast, and finally view the masterpieces at Black Sea Bream of Uno.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Takamatsu journey planner.

Getting from Matsuyama to Takamatsu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kotohira-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Tamano, Shidoji Temple, Former Nozakike House
Highlights from your plan
Marugamemachi GREEN ©
Marugamemachi GREEN
Shidoji Temple ©
Shidoji Temple
Negoroji Temple ©
Negoroji Temple

2
nights
Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Iya Kazura Bridge has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Mt. Miune, then take in the pleasant sights at Iya Kazura Bridge, and then admire the verdant scenery at Iyakei Valley. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ichinomiya Park Kaigan, take an in-depth tour of Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Foundation, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Motoyamaji temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hashikuraji Temple, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ikeda Tabacco Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Miyoshi trip planner .

Traveling by train from Takamatsu to Miyoshi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Miyoshi can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kotohira-cho.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kanonji, Motoyamaji temple
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Miune ©
Mt. Miune
Ikeda Tabacco Museum ©
Ikeda Tabacco Museum
Iyakei Valley ©
Iyakei Valley

2
nights
Kotohira-cho

Kotohira-cho ©
Known only for being the home of the Kompirasan Shrine Complex, the tiny town of Kotohira-cho remains a popular day trip destination from larger nearby cities.
On the 19th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Kyu Zentsujikaikosya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Konzoji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iyadani-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mandara-ji Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Nogi Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izutama Shrine. On the next day, look for gifts at Kumaoka Sweets Shop, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zentsu-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotohira-gu, and finally explore the activities along Manno Pond.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotohira-cho trip planner .

You can drive from Miyoshi to Kotohira-cho in an hour. July in Kotohira-cho sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Kotohira-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Zentsuji, Manno Pond, Iyadani-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Zentsu-ji Temple ©
Zentsu-ji Temple
Mandara-ji Temple ©
Mandara-ji Temple

1
night
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka, then examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, and then get to know the resident critters at Nifrel.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kita trip builder tool .

Getting from Kotohira-cho to Kita by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nifrel, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Highlights from your plan
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Nifrel ©
Nifrel

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.
You've added Sagano, Sanjusangendo Temple, Arashiyama, and other attractions to your itinerary. Do your shopping at Dotonbori and Minami (Namba). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gion and Kamogawa River.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Kita to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara Park
Highlights from your plan
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Gion
Gion

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