26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6 h 15 min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Bus + Train:  7 h 15 min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Train:  5 h 15 min
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Ise
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Auckland

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Take a break from the city and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Yabiji. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Toguchi no Hama. There's much more to do: enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and get outside with Sunayama Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip itinerary maker tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Miyakojima is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Auckland to Miyakojima. In March, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Visiting Kayaking & Canoeing and Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, walk around Kabira Park, and take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. March in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nakama-river Protected Region.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima online itinerary planner .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In March in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

3
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nakijin Castle Ruins and Sefa-Utaki. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: St. Clara Church (in Yonabaru-cho), Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Kitanakagusuku-son) and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins and go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Onna-son itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son takes 5.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Onna-son when traveling from Iriomote-jima in March, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Katsuren Castle Ruins, St. Clara Church, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Nakijin Castle Ruins
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

2
nights
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 30th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, then get outside with Seibu Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, get all the information you need at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and then head outdoors with Yakusugi Land.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip planner.

Getting from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, train, ferry, and taxi. In March, Yakushima-cho is little chillier than Onna-son - with highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Trails
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

1
night
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
On the 1st (Wed), take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, don't miss a visit to Shirakawa Springs, then take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka, and finally admire the sheer force of Manai Falls.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Takachiho-cho, with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, Shirakawa Springs
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Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Popular historic sites such as Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Yamato Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Miyajima (in Hatsukaichi) and Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Toji are in your itinerary. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Osaka Castle, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kyoto route builder app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka Castle
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Toji ©
Toji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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night
Ise

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, then see the interesting displays at Okageza, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku.

To find other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ise trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Ise by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in April: highs in Ise hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums
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Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 10th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Ichimai-iwa, make a trip to Hashigui Rock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Ise to Nachikatsura-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Ichimai-iwa, Hashigui Rock
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

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