39 days in Japan Itinerary

39 days in Japan Itinerary

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39 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  14 h
1
Naha
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h
3
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Fukuoka
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

4
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
We've included these beaches for you: Aharen Beach and Kouri Beach. Shurijo Castle and Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Zamami-son (Aka Beach, Furuzamami Beach, &more), Tokashiku Beach (in Tokashiki-son) and Nakijin-son (Akabaka Beach & Tiinuhama Beach). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, look for gifts at Wadama Honshinju Mother Sea, kick back and relax at Tropical Beach, and get outside with Manza Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Naha holiday builder tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Naha is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Brisbane in March, with highs in Naha at 24°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Onna-son, Nakijin-son, Zamami-son, Tokashiki-son, Tropical Beach
Highlights from your plan
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yonehara Beach and Sukuji Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kondoi Beach and Shiraho Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Kubazaki Beach (in Kohama-jima) and Nakamoto Beach (in Kuro-shima). There's lots more to do: get outside with Akashi Beach, find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki journey planner.

Fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 3 hours. In March in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Kubazaki Beach, Nakamoto Beach
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Relax by the water at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. Take a break from the city and head to Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, get outside with Nakanoshima Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima day trip planning site .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

4
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Kumamoto Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Komyozen-ji Temple (in Dazaifu), Miyajihama Beach (in Fukutsu) and Nagasaki (Sōfuku-ji Temple, Glover Garden, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Nijino Matsubara, head outdoors with Nishikihama Beach, examine the collection at Koishiwarayaki Traditional Industry Plaza, and let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park.

For reviews, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka road trip planner .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Fukuoka in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in March, expect nights in Fukuoka to be much colder, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Nagasaki, Iki, Dazaifu, Kumamoto Castle, Miyajihama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Get in touch with nature at Miyajima and Mt. Misen. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii & Itsukushima Shrine). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip tool .

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki
Highlights from your plan
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Nijo Castle and Nara Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara) and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Kita). There's still lots to do: stop by Gion, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, hike along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, and look for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori.

To find where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Visit Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Amaharashi Coast for some beach relaxation. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Nomura Family Samurai House. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (in Shirakawa-mura), Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, &more) and Hokugin Galerie Millet (in Toyama). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take a memorable drive along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in March: highs in Kanazawa hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Amaharashi Coast, Hokugin Galerie Millet
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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.
Popular historic sites such as Tokyo National Museum and Fukagawa Edo Museum are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, shop like a local with Ginza, don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, and get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, Tokyo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

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