21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
2
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Kita
— 2 nights
+4
train + Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  5​h 15​min
6
Taketomi-jima
— 1 night
Travel:  4​h 45​min
7
Hateruma-jima
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h
8
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace. Get some cultural insight at Ginza and Odaiba. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Harajuku Takeshita-dori, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Expect colder weather when traveling from Melbourne in March: highs in Tokyo hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

2
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Miyajima and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hatsukaichi route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Tokyo to Hatsukaichi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Hatsukaichi are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hiroshima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Himeji route planner.

Traveling by train from Hatsukaichi to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get some historical perspective at Nijo-jo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, make a trip to Heian Shrine, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and trek along Kyoto Isshu Trail Higashiyama Course.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planning tool .

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
On the 22nd (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Shinsaibashi, and then shop like a local with Dotonbori. On the next day, take a stroll through Minami (Namba) and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kita attractions planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kita in 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Taketomi-jima

Taketomi-jima ©
A tiny island in the Yae-yama archipelago, Taketomi-jima enjoys popularity as a beach getaway, best known for its stretches of "star sand"--sand made up of tiny star-shaped exoskeletons of ancient fossils.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the waterfront activity at Taketomi Port, enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and then look for gifts at Yurateiku Market.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Taketomi-jima road trip website .

Explore your travel options from Kita to Taketomi-jima with the Route module. When traveling from Kita in March, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Taketomi-jima: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hateruma-jima.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ishigaki, Taketomi-cho
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay

1
night
Hateruma-jima

Hateruma-jima ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Monument of The Southernmost Part of Japn and then kick back and relax at Nishihama Beach.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hateruma-jima road trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Taketomi-jima to Hateruma-jima. March in Hateruma-jima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hateruma-jima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Nishihama Beach ©
Nishihama Beach

2
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 Aragusuku Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sunayama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, stroll through Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Toriike Pond.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip builder app .

Explore your travel options from Hateruma-jima to Miyakojima with the Route module. In March in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

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