8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
1
Kyoto
— 1 night
Drive
2
Ise
— 1 night
Train to Yamatoyagi, Taxi to Koya-cho
3
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive
4
Izumo
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): stroll through Nanzen-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder website.

Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Kyoto is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect Kyoto to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

1
night
Ise

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Shrine Geku.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ise trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ise when traveling from Kyoto in November, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums

1
night
Koya-cho

On the 26th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, and finally examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Koya-cho trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Ise to Koya-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Izumo.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

2
nights
Izumo

Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake, explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamosu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Former Taisha Station, take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, enjoy the sea views from Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hinomisaki Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Susa Shrine.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Izumo trip maker.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Izumo in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Izumo when traveling from Koya-cho in November, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

2
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): make a trip to East Henna Cape, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, then take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima online tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Izumo to Miyakojima in 6.5 hours. When traveling from Izumo in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Miyakojima, with highs around 30°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

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.