19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday maker

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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly to Naha Airport, Drive to Kunigami-son
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Kunigami-son
— 1 night
Drive
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Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at MInsah Kogei Museum and Ishigaki City Yaeyama Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nei Museum of Art and Pinion Direct Shop. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Kohama-jima (Hairumubushi Beach, Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Memorial Hall of Yoko Gushiken, take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, steep yourself in history at Tojinbaka, and Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki online holiday planner.

Hobart, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Hobart to Ishigaki. Traveling from Hobart in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Ishigaki. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 2nd (Sun), go for a stroll along the water at Uehara. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls, kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, look for all kinds of wild species at Amitori Asaba, then take in the pleasant sights at Ruins of Amitory Village, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima online trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 2 hours. January in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Head to Atarasu Ichiba and Wide Marketfor some retail therapy. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yukishio Museum and Underground Dam Museum. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harimizu Utaki, see the interesting displays at Miyakojima City Museum, and stop by Shima no Eki Miyako.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima itinerary planning app.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Kunigami-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Kunigami-son

— 1 night
Although the village of Kunigami-son spreads across a large area, it remains sparsely populated, with lots of wild land protected from development.
On the 8th (Sat), examine the collection at Ogimi Village Bashofu Hall, kick back and relax at Okuma Beach, examine the collection at Yambaru Wildlife Center Ufugi Nature Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Okurareruka Field, then look for gifts at Hiro Coffee Farm, and finally identify plant and animal life at Vegetation of Tanagagumui.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Miyakojima to Kunigami-son. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kunigami-son when traveling from Miyakojima in January, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kunigami-son

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Motobu-cho

— 3 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nakijin Castle Ruins and Oceanic Culture Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Okichan Theater and Native Okinawan Villege. Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Gesashi Bay's Mangrove Forest (in Higashi-son), Nago (Busena Beach, Nago Bay, &more) and Shirumichu (in Uruma). There's much more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with Motobu Genki Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Akabaka Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iegusuku, and admire the natural beauty at Yohena Ajisai Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Motobu-cho itinerary planning website.

Getting from Kunigami-son to Motobu-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Motobu-cho are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura

— 1 night
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 12th (Wed): hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, wander the streets of Hakuba, head outdoors with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, then fly down the slopes at Hakuba Mountain Harbor, then stop by Hakuba Jump Arena, and finally head outdoors with Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hakuba-mura trip website.

You can fly from Motobu-cho to Hakuba-mura in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In January, Hakuba-mura is cooler than Motobu-cho - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

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.
You'll explore and learn at Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan and Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and Mt. Kurama. Change things up with a short trip to Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple in Uji (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip maker website.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Kyoto in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, Kyoto is somewhat warmer than Hakuba-mura - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka

— 2 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Osaka driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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.