18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + train:  13​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  45​min
4
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Naha
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h
6
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  6​h
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
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.
Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tofuku-ji Temple and Yasaka Shrine. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, and wander the streets of Gion.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in March; daily highs in Kyoto reach 16°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Shopping

Side Trip

Dotonbori
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo-jo Castle ©
Nijo-jo Castle

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, take a stroll through Nagamachi District, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyama Shrine, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally wander the streets of Gokayama.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in March: highs in Kanazawa hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kanazawa

#Neighborhoods, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gokayama, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Nagamachi District ©
Nagamachi District
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine

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.
On the 30th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Ishigaki Yaima Village, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach, and then stroll through Kondoi Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki vacation planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Kanazawa to Ishigaki in 6.5 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Kanazawa in March; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 26°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Atarasu Ichiba. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, then snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Boraga Limestone Cave.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

2
nights
Naha

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, Head underground at Okinawa World Bunka Okoku Gyokusendo, then pick up some local products at Fish Center, and finally browse the different shops at Ashibina Outlet Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Naminoue-gu Shrine, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Naha online trip builder .

Getting from Miyakojima to Naha by flight takes about 2.5 hours. April in Naha sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Naha

#Shopping, #Adventure, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Nanjo, Onna-son, Ashibina Outlet Mall, Fish Center
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Ashibina Outlet Mall ©
Ashibina Outlet Mall
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

1
night
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 5th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, wander the streets of Wilson Stump, and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Naha to Yakushima-cho takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Yakushima-cho when traveling from Naha in April, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Minato Mirai 21 and Ikspiari. Popular historic sites such as Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, wander the streets of Omotesando, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and shop like a local with Ginza.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Tokyo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Yakushima-cho in April since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 12°C. On the 10th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

#Shopping, #Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minato Mirai 21, Ikspiari
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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