16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Toyama Airport, Drive to Nozawaonsen-mura
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nanjo
— 2 nights
Drive to Naha Airport / JASDF Naha Air Base, Fly to Weston

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Nozawaonsen-mura

— 2 nights
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stroll through Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Nozawa Onsen, then fly down the slopes at Togari Onsen Ski Resort, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tosen-ji Temple. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and then fly down the slopes at Shiga Kogen.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nozawaonsen-mura tour itinerary planner.

Weston, USA to Nozawaonsen-mura is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Weston to Nozawaonsen-mura, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Weston in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nozawaonsen-mura, with lows around 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura

— 2 nights
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get outside with Hakuba Lion Adventure, then hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, then fly down the slopes at Hakuba, and finally stroll through Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, then admire the natural beauty at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Happoone, and finally visit Hakuba Jump Arena.

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Traveling by car from Nozawaonsen-mura to Hakuba-mura takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Hakuba-mura can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Ise

— 2 nights
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.
On the 7th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Aonominesan Shofuku-ji Temple.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ise online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Ise takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Hakuba-mura in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Ise: highs are around 46°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple will appeal to history buffs. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, wander the streets of Gion, and admire the striking features of Jishu Shrine.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto day trip tool.

Getting from Ise to Kyoto by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Ise in January, with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ishigaki

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Explore hidden gems such as Kondoi Beach and Tamatorizaki Observatory. The adventure continues: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Ishigaki in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in January, things will get much warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 70°F and lows about 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nanjo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Nanjo

— 2 nights
With a long Pacific coastline, Nanjo offers fantastic views of the ocean from high cliffs covered with lush greenery, as well as from its long sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Haebaru Town Museum, get engrossed in the history at Himeyuri Peace Museum, then steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Valley of Gangala, then steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Clara Church.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nanjo journey planner.

Fly from Ishigaki to Nanjo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in January, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nanjo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.