28 days in Ireland & Japan Itinerary

28 days in Ireland & Japan Itinerary

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28 days in Ireland & Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Waterford, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Killarney, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Dingle, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Galway, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Kylemore, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  18​h 30​min
7
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia


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3
nights
Waterford, Ireland

Waterford ©
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
Visit Rock of Cashel and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hook Lighthouse and Jerpoint Abbey. Venture out of the city with trips to Kilkenny (Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny & Kilkenny Castle). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Woodstown Strand, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Saviour's Dominican Priory, cruise along Passage East Car Ferry, and unwind over a drink at Henry Downes & Co Ltd.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Waterford day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Waterford is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get cooler in Waterford: highs are around 11°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Waterford

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kilkenny, Rock of Cashel, Tramore Beach, Curraghmore House, Hook Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©

4
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gap of Dunloe and Torc Waterfall. Take a break from the city and head to Killarney National Park and Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to Uragh Stone Circle (in Tuosist) and Norman McCloskey Photography (in Kenmare). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Muckross Abbey.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney travel route builder site .

Getting from Waterford to Killarney by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Killarney are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kenmare, Uragh Stone Circle
Highlights from your plan
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park

3
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gallarus Oratory and St.James Church. Explore hidden gems such as Inch Beach and Ballinskelligs Beach. Step out of Dingle with an excursion to Leacanabuaile Fort in Cahersiveen--about 40 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. There's still lots to do: stroll through Coumeenoole Beach, contemplate the long history of Riasc, enjoy the sand and surf at Ventry Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dingle day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Slea Head Drive, Ventry Beach, Inch Beach, Ballinskelligs Beach, Leacanabuaile Fort
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory

4
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Tyrone House. Get some cultural insight at King John's Castle and Galway Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Fanore Beach (in Fanore), Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor) and Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb (in Caherconnell). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Spanish Point Beach, cruise along Wild Atlantic Way Day Tours, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Galway takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Dingle in December, things will get a bit cooler in Galway: highs are around 8°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kylemore.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tyrone House, Fanore Beach, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher, Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb
Highlights from your plan
Fanore Beach ©
Fanore Beach
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

4
nights
Kylemore, Ireland

Kylemore ©
Established on the same grounds as Kylemore Castle, Kylemore Abbey monastery was founded in 1920 for Benedictine nuns who escaped from Belgium during World War I.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Gothic Chapel. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Coral Beach and Renvyle Beach. Go for a jaunt from Kylemore to Ballyconneely to see Aillebrack Green Coast Beach about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Mannin Bay Blueway, stop by Hehirs Of Clifden, stroll through Glassilaun Beach, and experience rural life at DK Connemara Oysters Ltd.

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

Traveling by car from Galway to Kylemore takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kylemore

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Clifden, Glassilaun Beach, Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin), Renvyle Beach, DK Connemara Oysters
Highlights from your plan
Gothic Chapel ©
Gothic Chapel
Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin) ©
Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin)

4
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kilmainham Gaol and Glendalough Monastic Settlement. Explore hidden gems such as Bru na Boinne and Christ Church Cathedral. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Temple Bar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, and get a taste of the local shopping with Grafton Street.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dublin road trip site .

You can drive from Kylemore to Dublin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January in Dublin, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Glendalough Cathedral, Bru na Boinne
Highlights from your plan
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

2
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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 Kinkaku-ji. Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, stroll through Katsura Imperial Villa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker .

Do a combination of flight and train from Dublin to Kyoto in 18.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Dublin to Kyoto. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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