60 days in Japan, Beijing & Melbourne Itinerary

60 days in Japan, Beijing & Melbourne Itinerary

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60 days in Japan, Beijing & Melbourne Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 9 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Beijing, China
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Naha, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Zamami-son, Japan
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Kohama-jima, Japan
— 1 day
Travel:  4​h 15​min
7
Hatoma-jima, Japan
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h 30​min
8
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 4 nights
Travel:  5​h 15​min
9
Hateruma-jima, Japan
— 1 day
Travel:  4​h
10
Ishigaki, Japan
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h
11
Miyakojima, Japan
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
12
Melbourne, Australia
— 9 nights
End: Melbourne, Australia


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6
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Senso-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Ueno Zoo and Yokohama Nature Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Sankeien Gardens (in Naka) and Kamakura (Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura) & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Odaiba, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder website .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Melbourne in June, with highs in Tokyo at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama, Kii Mountains
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

9
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Visiting Nara Park and Seta Golf Course North Course will get you outdoors. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Todai-ji Temple), Byodoin (in Uji) and Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori). Spend the 19th (Wed) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Gion, take in nature's colorful creations at Katsura Imperial Villa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine.

Plan trip to Kyoto with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Otsu, Osaka, Byodoin
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

7
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Get in touch with nature at Mutianyu Great Wall and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). Your inner history buff will appreciate Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dong Yue Miao (Dongyue Temple), and get to know the fascinating history of WildWall Tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Beijing online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Beijing in 7.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kyoto to Beijing due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kyoto in June, expect nights in Beijing to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

1
night
Naha, Japan

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): make a trip to Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo, then step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, and then kick back and relax at Naminoue Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Cape Manzamo, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then take a stroll through Yachimun Street, and finally look for gifts at Yacchi & Moon.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Naha holiday planning tool .

Fly from Beijing to Naha in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Beijing to Naha is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Naha when traveling from Beijing in June, with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Onna-son, Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo
Highlights from your plan
Naminoue Beach
Naminoue Beach
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Zamami-son, Japan

Zamami-son ©
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
We've included these beaches for you: Aharen Beach and Furuzamami Beach. Get in touch with nature at Nishibama Beach and Aka Beach. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Tokashiku Beach, take an in-depth tour of Tokashiki History and Folklore Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Takatsukiyama Observatory Deck, and take in the views from Aka Bridge.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Zamami-son sightseeing website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Naha to Zamami-son. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Kohama-jima.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tokashiki-son
Highlights from your plan
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Tokashiku Beach
Tokashiku Beach

1
day
Kohama-jima, Japan

Kohama-jima ©
On the 5th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Hairumubushi Beach, see the interesting displays at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, then delve into the lush surroundings at Mangrove at Ishinagata Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Kubazaki Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kohama-jima holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Zamami-son to Kohama-jima with the Route module. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Hatoma-jima.

Things to do in Kohama-jima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi ©
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi

1
night
Hatoma-jima, Japan

Hatoma-jima
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): make a trip to Hatomanakamori, enjoy the sand and surf at Shimanakahama, then steep yourself in history at Bushinuya Ato, then visit a coastal fixture at Hatomajima Lighthouse, and finally stroll through Yara Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hatoma-jima trip builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kohama-jima to Hatoma-jima. In July, daily temperatures in Hatoma-jima can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Hatoma-jima

Outdoors Parks Beaches

4
nights
Iriomote-jima, Japan

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Nakano Beach and Ida no Hama Beach. Get outdoors at Todomari Beach and Hoshisuna Beach. There's much more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, contemplate the long history of Residence of Niimori, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hatoma-jima to Iriomote-jima. In July in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hateruma-jima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

1
day
Hateruma-jima, Japan

Hateruma-jima ©
On the 11th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Haterum Island Starlight Tower, don't miss a visit to Cape Takanazaki, appreciate the history behind Monument of The Southernmost Part of Japn, then take a leisurely stroll along Hateruma Port, then kick back and relax at Pemuchi Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nishihama Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hateruma-jima trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Iriomote-jima to Hateruma-jima with the Route module. July in Hateruma-jima sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hateruma-jima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Nishihama Beach ©
Nishihama Beach
Haterum Island Starlight Tower ©
Haterum Island Starlight Tower

7
nights
Ishigaki, Japan

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Yonehara Beach and Fusaki Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cape Hirakubozaki and Oganzaki Lighthouse. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get outside with Yarabudake, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki visit planner.

Getting from Hateruma-jima to Ishigaki by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji Beach

6
nights
Miyakojima, Japan

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Miyakojima City Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll get in some beach time at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sawada no hama Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

9
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Take a break from the city and head to St. Kilda Beach and Cowes Beach. Visit Shrine of Remembrance and St Joseph's Church for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Quealy Winemakers (in Balnarring), Flynns Beach (in Summerlands) and The Great Ocean Road (in Torquay). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Half Moon Bay, examine the collection at Melbourne Museum, stroll through Red Rock Beach, and contemplate the long history of Old Melbourne Gaol.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Melbourne trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Miyakojima to Melbourne by flight takes about 15.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, Melbourne is colder than Miyakojima - with highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Phillip Island, Cowes Beach, The Great Ocean Road, Quealy Winemakers, St. Kilda Beach
Highlights from your plan
St. Kilda Beach ©
St. Kilda Beach
The Great Ocean Road ©
The Great Ocean Road
Old Melbourne Gaol ©
Old Melbourne Gaol

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