34 days in Japan Itinerary

34 days in Japan Itinerary

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34 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Train:  13​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Toyota
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Narusawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Takayama
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Taxi:  7​h 15​min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Onna-son
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  6​h
8
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1​h
9
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
10
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sydney

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Daikaku-ji and Daibutsuden. Explore hidden gems such as Mimurotoji Temple and Hosenin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Joruri Temple (in Kizugawa), 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園 (in Hikone) and Nara (Akishinodera Temple & Hokkeji Temple). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihikaku Senkoji Temple and steep yourself in history at Yasakanoto.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto visit planner.

Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Kyoto at 33°C and lows at 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Toyota.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Uji, Joruri Temple, Ishiyamadera Temple, 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園
Highlights from your plan
Hosenin ©
Hosenin
Daikaku-ji ©
Daikaku-ji
Ishiyamadera Temple ©
Ishiyamadera Temple

2
nights
Toyota

Toyota ©
Home to the internationally known car manufacturer of the same name, Toyota ranks as the largest city in Aichi Prefecture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Musubinoike and Sumiyoshi Lighthouse At Okuno Hosomichi as well as Toyota Kaikan Museum. On the 6th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Musubinoike and Sumiyoshi Lighthouse At Okuno Hosomichi, identify plant and animal life at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Oagata Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koromo Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Toyota Kaikan Museum. On your second day here, explore the engaging exhibits at Toyota City Traffic Safety Learning Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kojakuji Temple, steep yourself in history at Chuma Kaido, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asuke Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Akabara Matsudairachō.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Toyota online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Toyota takes 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Toyota can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Narusawa-mura.

Things to do in Toyota

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Oagata Shrine, Musubinoike and Sumiyoshi Lighthouse At Okuno Hosomichi, Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank
Highlights from your plan
Oagata Shrine ©
Oagata Shrine
Toyota Kaikan Museum ©
Toyota Kaikan Museum

2
nights
Narusawa-mura

Narusawa-mura ©
A village at the foothills of Mt.
You've now added Mt. Fuji 5th Station to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichinomiya Sengen Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls, then don't miss a visit to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, then examine the collection at Kawaguchiko Zero Fighter Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Kawaguchiko Motor Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saion-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokueizan Myohoji Temple, then get to know the fascinating history of Ando Residence, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hoju-in Temple.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Narusawa-mura trip planner .

Getting from Toyota to Narusawa-mura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Toyota in September, expect nights in Narusawa-mura to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nishiyatsushiro-gun, Saion-ji Temple, Tokueizan Myohoji Temple, Ando Residence, Shiraito Falls
Highlights from your plan
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Kawaguchiko Motor Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Motor Museum
Kawaguchiko Zero Fighter Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Zero Fighter Museum

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Osakacho Waterfalls and Hikaru Museum. Get some cultural insight at Shirakabe Dozogai and Sukyo Mahikari. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), take in the pleasant sights at Norikura Summit Tatamidaira, don't miss a visit to Shokawa-Zakura, and pick up some new knowledge with Daiou-ji Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Takayama holiday planner.

You can drive from Narusawa-mura to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Narusawa-mura in September, expect nights in Takayama to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Osakacho Waterfalls, Shirakabe Dozogai
Highlights from your plan
Kusakabe Folk Museum ©
Kusakabe Folk Museum
Shirakabe Dozogai ©
Shirakabe Dozogai
Osakacho Waterfalls ©
Osakacho Waterfalls

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ikeyama Springs and Kaguraden. Get some cultural insight at Aratate Shrine and Amanomanai. Take a break from Takachiho-cho with a short trip to Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine in Aso, about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Jokoji Waterfall, contemplate the long history of Kushifuru Shrine, make a trip to Akimoto Shrine, and look for all kinds of wild species at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Takayama to Takachiho-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Takachiho-cho are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine, Ikeyama Springs
Highlights from your plan
Ikeyama Springs
Ikeyama Springs
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Isso Beach and Janokuchinotaki Falls. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and Yaku Shrine. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with Tashiro Beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. September in Yakushima-cho sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach

4
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Urasoe Castle Ruins and Nakadomari Ruins will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Kariyushi Beach. Step out of Onna-son with an excursion to Scuba & Snorkeling in Kadena-cho--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at Tiger Beach, head outdoors with Sun Marina Beach, and have some family-friendly fun at Forest Adventure in Onna.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Onna-son day trip planning website .

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, ferry, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, train, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kadena-cho, Urasoe Castle Ruins, Yomitanzanyaki Kitagama
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Urasoe Castle Ruins ©
Urasoe Castle Ruins
Kariyushi Beach ©
Kariyushi Beach

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wasurenaishi and Residence of Niimori. Escape the urban bustle at Funauki Village and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall and kick back and relax at Shirahama Port.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Shirahama Port ©
Shirahama Port
Mizuochi Falls ©
Mizuochi 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Island Countryside Settlement and Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi. Get in touch with nature at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble and Hairumubushi Beach. Explore Ishigaki's surroundings by going to Kubazaki Beach (in Kohama-jima) and Nakamoto Beach (in Kuro-shima). There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape and contemplate the long history of Tojinbaka.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ishigaki trip planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about an hour. September in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kohama-jima, Island Countryside Settlement, Nakamoto Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Nosoko Mape ©
Nosoko Mape

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Miyako Shrine and Yamatoga. Popular historic sites such as Harimizu Utaki and Kurohama Mitake are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get outside with Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House, kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach, and stroll the grounds of Tomb of Chirimaya Tuimiya.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip itinerary builder site .

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Nagamahama Beach Coast ©
Nagamahama Beach Coast

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