17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Kusatsu-machi
— 2 nights
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Yuzawa-machi
— 2 nights
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Towada
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 1 night
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Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, then get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally walk around Meiji Jingu Gaien. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Ueno District, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary app.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect Tokyo to be cooler, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Architectural Building
Tokyo Tower
4.2

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Kusatsu-machi

Kusatsu-machi ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Yubatake, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then walk around Sainokawara Park. On your second day here, fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kusatsu-machi online travel route builder.

Drive from Tokyo to Kusatsu-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in January, with highs in Kusatsu-machi at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yuzawa-machi.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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Hot Spring
Yubatake
4.5
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Onsen Resort
Onsen Resorts
4.1

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Yuzawa-machi

Yuzawa-machi ©
It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
On the 5th (Sun), hit the slopes at Naeba Ski Resort, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then explore the galleries of Okukiyo Powerhouse. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Kagura Ski Resort, don't miss a visit to Ponshukan, and then stroll around Yuzawa Central Park.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Yuzawa-machi itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kusatsu-machi to Yuzawa-machi in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Towada.

Things to do in Yuzawa-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Spas
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Ski Area
Naeba Ski Resort
3.7

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Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
On the 7th (Tue), explore the activities along Ashura no Nagare, then stroll the grounds of Tomb of Omachi Keigetsu, then explore the activities along Tsutanonana Swamp, and finally take in the views from Deai-bashi Bridge. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Itomuka no Irie, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Towada Shrine, then contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Mountain Stream, and finally make a trip to Oirase Yusuikan.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Towada trip planner.

Getting from Yuzawa-machi to Towada by combination of train, tram, and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in January, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Religious Site
Towada Shrine
4.3

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanzen-ji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Towada to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Towada in January, with highs in Kyoto at 10°C and lows at 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Highlights from your trip
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Religious Site
Kodai-ji Temple
4.4

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Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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.
On the 11th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, then get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, then explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Euglena Mall, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki vacation planning tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Ishigaki by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in January; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 24°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Beach
Kondoi Beach
4.5
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Observation Deck
Tamatorizaki Observatory
4.4
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Historic Walking Area
Island Countryside Settlement
4.7

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get outside with Sunayama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, then snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave, then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, then make a trip to East Henna Cape, and finally snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

Before you visit Miyakojima, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip
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Landmark
East Henna Cape
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Bridge
Irabu Ohashi
4.6

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