30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  5 h 15 min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train + Taxi:  2 h
6
Yamanouchi-machi
— 4 nights
Taxi + Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Sydney

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. You'll get in some beach time at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach, get outside with Boraga Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Yabiji.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Miyakojima trip itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Miyakojima, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in March: highs in Miyakojima hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Yonehara Beach and Sukuji Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Kondoi Beach and Shiraho Beach. Step out of Ishigaki with an excursion to Kubazaki Beach in Kohama-jima--about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get outside with Akashi Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

For reviews, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In March in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Kubazaki Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Miyajima and Paddle Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii & Itsukushima Shrine). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Ishigaki to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. While traveling from Ishigaki, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Hiroshima, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Himeji Castle. Get a sense of the local culture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nara Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center), Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Kita) and Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Gion, get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planning site .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka, Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Kanazawa Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Amaharashi Coast (in Takaoka) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). The adventure continues: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, head outdoors with Gongenmori Beach, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa journey planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Shishiku Park, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Gongenmori Beach, Amaharashi Coast
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

4
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Get a sense of the local culture at Zenko-ji Temple and Hakuba. Visiting Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort will get you outdoors. Explore Yamanouchi-machi's surroundings by going to Hakuba-mura (Kitaone Kogen Highland, Happo-one Nature Study Course, &more), Nozawa Onsen (in Nozawaonsen-mura) and Jogehama Beach (in Joetsu). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Ike no Taira Shitsugen, head outdoors with Shiga Kogen, and fly down the slopes at Kagura Ski Resort.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Kanazawa to Yamanouchi-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Yamanouchi-machi are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura, Nozawaonsen-mura, Jogehama Beach, Ike no Taira Shitsugen, Zenko-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Odaiba and Akihabara. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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