32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  5 h 15 min
2
Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  6 h 45 min
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train + Taxi:  2 h
6
Yamanouchi-machi
— 4 nights
Taxi + Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

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.
Bring the kids along to Yonehara Beach and Ishigaki Yaima Village. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Nosoko, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and head outdoors with Yarabudake.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki travel route planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in February, things will get slightly colder in Ishigaki: highs are around 25°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Okuma Beach. Explore Motobu-cho's surroundings by going to Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling, Cape Manzamo, &more), Iejima Beach Side Horse Park (in Ie-son) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisekirinzan, walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, and step off the mainland to explore Kouri Island.

For photos, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho tour site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in February, Motobu-cho is little chillier at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Onna-son, Nakijin-son, Kunigami-son, Iejima Beach Side Horse Park, Cape Zampa
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Misen Wild Woods, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and head outdoors with Paddle Park.

To see maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Motobu-cho in February; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 11°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Tobishima Kaido, Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama Korakuen Garden
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen

4
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi), Higashiyama (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Sanjusangendo Temple) and Arashiyama (in Kyoto). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotonbori, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip maker.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. February in Osaka sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Kyoto
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses), Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida) and Takayama Jinya (in Takayama). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and get outside with Winghills Shirotori Resort.

For other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip planning tool .

Take a train from Osaka to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Osaka, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gujo, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha, Ski Jam Katsuyama, Takayama Jinya
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Ski Jam Katsuyama ©
Ski Jam Katsuyama
Takasu Snow Park ©
Takasu Snow Park

4
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yamanouchi-machi: Kijimadaira Ski Resort (in Kijimadaira-mura), Amidado (in Iiyama) and Nozawaonsen-mura (Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort & Nozawa Onsen). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yamada Farm, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park, fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, and head outdoors with Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi road trip planning site .

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 February, Yamanouchi-machi is little chillier than Kanazawa - with highs of 4°C and lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura, Nozawaonsen-mura, Kijimadaira Ski Resort, Amidado, Yamada Farm, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park
Highlights from your plan
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort

7
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.
Bring the kids along to Tokyo Disneyland and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) in Hakone-machi, about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo travel route builder site .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 12°C and lows about 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trips

Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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