24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  45​min
2
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Hakodate
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h
4
Kochi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Matsue
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Adelaide

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Ishigaki Yaima Village, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

Make your Ishigaki itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Adelaide, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Adelaide in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ishigaki: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 30:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get in touch with nature at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sunayama Beach and Shimojiiima Island. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Boraga Limestone Cave, hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba, and contemplate the waterfront views at Toriike Pond.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Miyakojima

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

1
day
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
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.
On the 3rd (Sun), hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, then look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally wander the streets of Motomachi.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hakodate trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Hakodate takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Miyakojima in February, expect Hakodate to be much colder, temps between 1°C and -5°C. Cap off 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:
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Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse ©
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©

1
night
Kochi

Kochi ©
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): make a trip to Kochi Castle, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market, then stop by Tosa Select Shop Tencosu, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Hirome Ichiba. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Kure Taisho-machi Market, take an in-depth tour of The Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum, and then take in the waterfront activity at Katsurahama Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kochi trip planner.

Getting from Hakodate to Kochi by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. 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, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Kure Taisho-machi Market
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:
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Hirome Ichiba ©
Hirome Ichiba
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Sunday Market
Sunday Market

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the activities along Shinji Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tamatsukuriyu Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, and finally steep yourself in history at The Mizuki Shigeru Road. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle, admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, and finally take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Matsue trip maker tool .

You can drive from Kochi to Matsue in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Kochi in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Matsue: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art, The Mizuki Shigeru Road, Shinji Lake
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:
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Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and then see the interesting displays 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 don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima holiday maker tool .

Getting from Matsue to Hiroshima by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

#Museums, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Kure, Miyajima
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:
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3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Dotonbori or Minami (Namba). Discover out-of-the-way places like Tofuku-ji Temple and Toji. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto vacation planning site .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In February, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Fukui Dinosaur Museum and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Gokayama are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck (in Shirakawa-mura). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, browse the exhibits of Shima, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa online tour builder .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in February: highs in Kanazawa hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Gokayama, Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:
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Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory ©

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum. Ginza and Minato Mirai 21 are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Urayasu to see Ikspiari about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Harajuku Takeshita-dori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip maker site .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kanazawa in February: highs in Tokyo hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

#Shopping, #Neighborhoods, #Museums

Side Trips

Ikspiari, Minato Mirai 21, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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