23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Shimoda
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Taxi to Iiyama, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Tokyo — 6 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Family-friendly places like Odaiba District and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan will thrill your kids. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Nikko Base in Nikko--about 2h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Akihabara, and get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo visit planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Tokyo to be much colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Shimoda.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Parks
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Find places to stay Jan 10 — 16:

Shimoda — 2 nights

On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Okuiro Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Futo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): kick back and relax at Iritahama Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsumekizaki.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Shimoda day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Shimoda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Tokyo in January since evenings lows in Shimoda dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.
Beaches · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:
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Yamanouchi-machi — 2 nights

The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): hit the slopes at Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area and then hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Shiga Kogen, then stroll through Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and then pedal to the sights with Shin-etsu Shizenkyo Activity Center.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Shimoda to Yamanouchi-machi by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Shimoda in January, with highs in Yamanouchi-machi at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:

Kyoto — 6 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.
Shop till you drop at Dotombori District and Ninja Dojo and Store. Family-friendly places like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Nara Park about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, admire the masterpieces at Hosomi Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary builder.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Kyoto: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 26:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

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 27th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip planning website.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.
Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

Ishigaki — 4 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Kids will enjoy Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Nagurao Bridge. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, pick up some new knowledge with Mineya Kobo, and kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Hiroshima in January: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 24°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:

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.