24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

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Ishigaki
— 1 night
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Hakodate
— 1 day
Fly
4
Kochi
— 1 night
Drive
5
Matsue
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Yurateiku Market, get outside with Kaiji Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip itinerary site.

Adelaide, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Adelaide, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 29 — 30:

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Take a break from the city and head to Kouri Island and Yonaha Maehama Beach. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, browse the eclectic array of goods at Atarasu Ichiba, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima tour itinerary maker website.

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:

Hakodate

— 1 day

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally stop by Motomachi.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate day trip site.

Fly from Miyakojima to Hakodate in 8 hours. In February, Hakodate is colder than Miyakojima - with highs of 1°C and lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Hakodate

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 3:

Kochi

— 1 night
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, then hunt for treasures at Sunday Market, then look for gifts at Tosa Select Shop Tencosu, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hirome Ichiba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Kure Taisho-machi Market, then get engrossed in the history at Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum, and then get outside with Katsura Hama.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kochi tour planning site.

You can fly from Hakodate to Kochi in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakodate in February; daily highs in Kochi reach 13°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Matsue.

Things to do in Kochi

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:

Matsue

— 2 nights
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tamatsukuriyu Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, and finally make a trip to The Mizuki Shigeru Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle, explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, and finally get engrossed in the history at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsue day trip planning tool.

Getting from Kochi to Matsue by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Traveling from Kochi in February, expect nights in Matsue to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary app.

Drive from Matsue to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Toji. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Minami (Namba) (in Namba) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Kyoto are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Shima will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory and Gokayama. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (in Shirakawa-mura) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in February, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:

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.
For shopping fun, head to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 or Asakusa. Explore hidden gems such as Tokyo National Museum and Samurai Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Ikspiari in Maihama (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the striking features of Imperial Palace.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo itinerary maker website.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in February, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (12°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:

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.