32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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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
— 4 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

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 2nd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, then head outdoors with Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally snap pictures at Kurima Bridge. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima online driving holiday planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 37°C and lows reach 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
On the 4th (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then get outside with Yonehara Beach. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, then walk around Banna Park, and then stroll around Kabira Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip builder.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yamato Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate JMSDF Kure Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudoin Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kawasaki Good Times World and Arima Onsen. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Himeji Castle and Kobe Harborland. Step out of Kobe to go to Himeji and see Koko-en, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), and take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kobe in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. August in Kobe sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Baths

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Koyasan Okunoin and Kongobu-ji Temple. You'll explore and learn at Kids Plaza Osaka and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Step out of Osaka to go to Koya-cho and see Koyasan Danjo Garan, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Glico Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryotokuin Temple, and don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Getting from Kobe to Osaka by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kobe in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tenryuji Temple and Shimogamo Jinja. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kifune Shrine, examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum, admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Kyoto sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Nara

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Toshodai-ji Temple and Nigatsu-do Temple. Kasuga Grand Shrine and Nara National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nara Palace Site Historical Park, stroll around Nara Park, and steep yourself in history at Heijokyu Ruins.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nara sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough 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.
On the 26th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, then get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ise journey maker app.

Getting from Nara to Ise by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. When traveling from Nara in August, plan for slightly colder days in Ise, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Zojo-ji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Asakusa Shrine and Kanda Myojin are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, visit Ueno District, steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple).

To find out how to plan a trip to Tokyo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Ise to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Ise in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Tokyo, with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight 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.