32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Kobe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 1 night
Train to Kintetsunagoya, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Irabu-jima Island. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and take in the pleasant sights at Imugya Marine Garden.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima travel itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 37°C and lows are around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Ishigaki

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): walk around Banna Park, walk around Kabira Park, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip maker tool.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 4 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Yamato Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kobe

— 3 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kawasaki Good Times World and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Himeji Castle and Nishide Chinjuinari Shrine for their historical value. Step out of Kobe to go to Himeji and see Koko-en, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, meet the residents at Kobe Oji Zoo, soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kobe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Osaka

— 4 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Koyasan Okunoin and Osaka Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kongobu-ji Temple and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. When in Osaka, make a side trip to see Koyasan Danjo Garan in Koya-cho, approximately Koya-cho away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Kids Plaza Osaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Otoshi Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, and explore the galleries of Mint Museum.

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You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kobe in August, you will find days in Osaka are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tenryuji Temple for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kyoto Railway Museum. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, and admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple.

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Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Nara

— 3 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Let the collections at Nara National Museum and Kasuga Taisha Museum capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Toshodai-ji Temple and Todai-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, and don't miss a visit to Heijokyu Ruins.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In August in Nara, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Ise

— 1 night
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, don't miss a visit to Oharai-machi, then get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ise trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Nara to Ise in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nara in August: highs in Ise hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums

Tokyo

— 5 nights
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Zojo-ji Temple. Visit Asakusa Shrine and Kanda Myojin for their historical value. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, contemplate the long history of Hozomon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple), and examine the collection at Fire Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo travel planner.

You can take a train from Ise to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ise in August since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.