17 days in Brisbane & Japan Itinerary

17 days in Brisbane & Japan Itinerary

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Brisbane, Australia
— 3 nights
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Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Keisei-Ueno, Foot to Ueno, Train to Takayama
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Takayama, Japan
— 1 night
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Train to Shin-Osaka, Bus to Osaka Itami, Fly to Yakushima
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Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 1 night
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hatsukaichi
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Hatsukaichi, Japan
— 1 day
Train to Hakata, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
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Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 2 nights
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Brisbane, Australia

— 3 nights

Australia's New World City

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre and Robina Town Centre. Escape the urban bustle at Pelican Feeding and Surfers Paradise Golf Club. Explore Brisbane's surroundings by going to Anthea Polson Art (in Main Beach), Harbour Town Premium Outlets (in Biggera Waters) and Coolangatta Beach (in Coolangatta). The adventure continues: stroll through Burleigh Head National Park, take in the exciting artwork at Birrunga Gallery & Dining, kick back and relax at Burleigh Heads Beach, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Brisbane.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane itinerary builder tool.

Townsville to Brisbane is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Townsville in December: high temperatures in Brisbane hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Brisbane

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Takayama, Japan

— 1 night
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then explore the engaging exhibits at Hida Takayama Retro Museum, then stop by Shofuen Matsuno Chaho, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), learn something new at Daiou-ji Temple, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Takayama trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Brisbane to Takayama in 18 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Takayama is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in December, things will get much colder in Takayama: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Yakushima-cho, Japan

— 1 night
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 28th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho trip builder website.

Getting from Takayama to Yakushima-cho by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Takayama in December, with highs in Yakushima-cho at 18°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Hatsukaichi, Japan

— 1 day
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 30th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen, and finally stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi trip itinerary maker website.

Do a combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Hatsukaichi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in December: high temperatures in Hatsukaichi hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Miyakojima, Japan

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, and then get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read Miyakojima trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hatsukaichi to Miyakojima takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Hatsukaichi in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Miyakojima, with highs around 25°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Iriomote-jima, Japan

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step out of the city life by going to Pinaisara Falls and Nara no Taki Falls. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Funauki Village and Mizuochi Falls. The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Ishigaki, Japan

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and then stop by Inafuku Shuhan Honten.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki online journey maker.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

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.