14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Hatsukaichi
Drive
2
Toyooka
— 1 night
Fly
3
Ise
— 1 night
Fly
4
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Shinkamigoto-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Kumamoto
— 1 night
Fly
8
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Ferry
9
Taketomi-jima
— 1 night
Drive to New Ishigaki Airport, Fly to Jakarta

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Hatsukaichi

The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): head off the coast to Miyajima and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

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Jakarta, Indonesia to Hatsukaichi is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Hatsukaichi. In December, Hatsukaichi is colder than Jakarta - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Toyooka

— 1 night
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
On the 25th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Izushi Castle Town, then get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Gosho no Yu.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Toyooka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hatsukaichi to Toyooka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or take a train. When traveling from Hatsukaichi in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Toyooka: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Ise.

Things to do in Toyooka

Spas · Baths · Historic Sites

Ise

— 1 night
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 26th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, and then make a trip to Okage Yokocho.

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You can fly from Toyooka to Ise in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ise when traveling from Toyooka in December, with lows around 9°C. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Hakodate.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites

Hakodate

— 2 nights

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Yachigashira Onsen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi, then take an in-depth tour of Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples, and finally contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Onuma Park Walking Path.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakodate holiday builder site.

Traveling by flight from Ise to Hakodate takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Ise in December: highs in Hakodate hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Spas · Baths · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium, then steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Dejima, and finally contemplate the long history of Glover House and Office. On your second day here, take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Nagasaki Bio Park.

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Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Nagasaki takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hakodate in December, with highs in Nagasaki at 13°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Shinkamigoto-cho.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shinkamigoto-cho

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Takaitabi Catholic Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Kiri Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Doinoura Church, then stroll the grounds of Kashiragashima Christian Cemetery, and finally contemplate the long history of Christian Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Tainoura Church, snap pictures at Wakamatsu Ohashi Bridge, then visit a coastal fixture at Tsuwasaki Lighthouse, and finally stroll around Yagame Park.

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You can drive from Nagasaki to Shinkamigoto-cho in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Shinkamigoto-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Kumamoto

— 1 night
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 2nd (Mon), contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso and then explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle.

For ratings and tourist information, refer to the Kumamoto tour builder site.

Traveling by car from Shinkamigoto-cho to Kumamoto takes 6.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Shinkamigoto-cho in January since evenings lows in Kumamoto dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Ishigaki

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, then take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, and finally visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Kumamoto to Ishigaki takes 4 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Kumamoto in January; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 24°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Taketomi-jima

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stroll through Kondoi Beach, kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Taketomi-jima online route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Taketomi-jima takes an hour. In January in Taketomi-jima, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.