29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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29 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Taxi:  4​h 30​min
2
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Bus + Train:  9​h
3
Takayama
— 1 night
+2
Train + Fly + Taxi:  8​h 15​min
4
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Teshikaga-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  7​h 30​min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  6​h 15​min
7
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1​h
8
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  45​min
9
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima and Peace Bell. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Kure (Yamato Museum & JMSDF Kure Museum), Mt. Misen (in Hatsukaichi) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and don't miss a visit to Okonomimura.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima itinerary planning tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Hiroshima is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Hiroshima. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kure, Kintaikyo Bridge, Mt. Misen
Highlights from your plan
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

3
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 discover tucked-away gems like Oko no Taki Fall and Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Wilson Stump and delve into the lush surroundings at Shakunagenomori Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hiroshima in October since evenings lows in Yakushima-cho dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, then don't miss a visit to Shiroyama Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip itinerary maker site .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takayama in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Yakushima-cho in October; daily highs in Takayama reach 24°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Highlights from your plan
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Shiroyama Park ©
Shiroyama Park

2
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Shiretoko Nature Center. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Shiretoko Misaki, admire the sheer force of Furepe Waterfall, take in the waterfront activity at Shiretoko Beach, and get great views at Yuhidai.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho online trip builder .

You can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight from Takayama to Shari-cho in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Takayama in October, with highs in Shari-cho at 16°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall

2
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
On the 19th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Io, explore the activities along Lake Mashu, and then take some stellar pictures from Lake Mashu First Observatory. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Bihorotoge Lookout, then explore the activities along Lake Kussharo, and then take some stellar pictures from Tawadaira.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Teshikaga-cho vacation planner.

Getting from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Teshikaga-cho can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Tawadaira, Bihorotoge Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Bihorotoge Lookout ©
Bihorotoge Lookout
Tawadaira ©
Tawadaira

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daikanbo and Amanoyasu Kawara. Explore Takachiho-cho's surroundings by going to Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura) and Oka Castle Ruins (in Taketa). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, and take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Teshikaga-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Teshikaga-cho in October: high temperatures in Takachiho-cho hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oka Castle Ruins, Daikanbo, Shirakawa Springs, Mt. Aso
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step off the beaten path and head to Iriomote Island and Hoshisuna Beach. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and go for a walk through Ruins of Amitory Village.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima online trip maker .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Iriomote-jima in 6.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Takachiho-cho in October, with highs in Iriomote-jima at 34°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nishi Pier and Kabira Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Banna Park, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, and take some stellar pictures from Nagomi Tower.

Find out how to plan Ishigaki trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about an hour. In October in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Nagomi Tower
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Nishi Pier ©
Nishi Pier
Kaiji Beach ©
Kaiji Beach

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aragusuku Beach and Irabu-jima Island. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Boraga Limestone Cave, and make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima day trip tool .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Kouri Island ©
Kouri Island

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