23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 1 night
Drive
3
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Miyako Jima
8
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
9
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ishigaki, Fly to Sydney

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Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chidorigafuchi and Zojo-ji Temple. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, contemplate the long history of Hozomon, admire the natural beauty at Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, and snap pictures at Rainbow Bridge.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in March, things will get colder in Tokyo: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 12:

Nozawaonsen-mura

— 1 night
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tosen-ji Temple, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nozawaonsen-mura trip maker.

Drive from Tokyo to Nozawaonsen-mura in 4 hours. In March, Nozawaonsen-mura is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Spas · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 13:

Nagoya

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 14th (Sun), engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, visit Nagoya City Agricultural Center, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden, then see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally deepen your understanding at Nagoya International Center. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then stroll through Yamazaki River, and finally steep yourself in history at Nagoya Higashiyamaso.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya route planner.

Traveling by car from Nozawaonsen-mura to Nagoya takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Nozawaonsen-mura in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nagoya, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 15:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 1 night
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 16th (Tue), make a trip to Daimonzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine.

Before you visit Nachikatsura-cho, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Nagoya to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Nachikatsura-cho, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 16:

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kennin-ji Temple and Okochi Sanso Garden. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kyoto, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:

Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kemasakuranomiya Park and Tempozan Ferris Wheel. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

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Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 23:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shukkei-en Garden and Mitaki Temple. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and don't miss a visit to Peace Flame.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima travel route planning tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Nishihenna Cape, get outside with Sunayama Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and finally take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Kouri Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, make a trip to East Henna Cape, then visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and finally take in the views from Kurima Bridge.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Hiroshima in March, expect nights in Miyakojima to be much warmer, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 29th (Mon), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima day trip planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima by combination of flight and ferry takes about 5.5 hours. March in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Nagano Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Ski Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Nagano Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Nagano. Due to the abundance of mountain ranges in this area, the land available for inhabitance is relatively limited.Nagano has impressive highland areas, including most of the Kita-Alps, Chūō-Alps, and Minami-Alps, which extend into the neighbouring prefectures. In addition to its natural scenic beauty and rich history, Nagano was host to the 1998 Winter Olympics, which gained the prefecture international recognition as a world-class winter sport destination, and a Shinkansen line to Tokyo.HistorySee Shinano Province.

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