21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  15​h
1
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Furano
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  7​h 15​min
7
Nakijin-son
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
8
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
9
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
10
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sydney


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2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
On the 17th (Sun), stroll through Sapporo Teine and then pause for some serene contemplation at Tomioka Catholic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Moiwa Peak Observatory, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine, then walk around Asahiyama Kinen Koen, and finally head outdoors with Maruyama Genshirin.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo visit planner.

Sydney, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in Sapporo reach -3°C and lows reach -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Furano.

Things to do in Sapporo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Tomioka Catholic Church
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Sapporo Teine ©
Sapporo Teine
Asahiyama Kinen Koen ©
Asahiyama Kinen Koen
Mt. Moiwa Peak Observatory ©
Mt. Moiwa Peak Observatory

2
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Furano

Furano ©
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
On the 19th (Tue), stop by Anpanman Shop Furano, then take in panoramic vistas at Rokugo Viewing Platform, and then examine the collection at Furabi. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Kita no Kunikara Museum, make a trip to Nunobe Station, then stroll around Torinuma Park, and finally examine the collection at Goto Sumio Art Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Furano route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Furano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Furano when traveling from Sapporo in January, with lows around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Furano

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Goto Sumio Art Museum
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Goto Sumio Art Museum ©
Goto Sumio Art Museum
Torinuma Park ©
Torinuma Park
Glass Forest in FURANO ©
Glass Forest in FURANO

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Kiushito Wetland and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sanlaiva Ski Area.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Noboribetsu road trip planning website .

Drive from Furano to Noboribetsu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Furano in January; daily highs in Noboribetsu reach 0°C and lows reach -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Explore hidden gems such as Todagawa Ryokuchi and Arimatsu no Machinami. Go for a jaunt from Nagoya to Ena to see Iwamura Historical Town about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Higashiyama Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nunoike Catholic Cathedral, let the kids burn off some steam at Todagawa Kodomo Land, and see the interesting displays at Nagoya Chikyu Hiroba.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Noboribetsu to Nagoya in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Noboribetsu in January; daily highs in Nagoya reach 7°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Iwamura Historical Town
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Arakogawa Park ©
Arakogawa Park
Nagoya City Agricultural Center ©
Nagoya City Agricultural Center
Kawahara Shrine ©
Kawahara Shrine

2
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Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
On the 25th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokiin, don't miss a visit to Hojoin Temple, look for gifts at Kadohama Gomatofu Sohompo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saito, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongosanmaiin. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumagai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryusen-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukuchi-in Temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Koyasan Kondomae.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Koya-cho journey planner .

You can drive from Nagoya to Koya-cho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In January in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Shopping
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Torodo Temple ©
Torodo Temple
Rokkaku Kyozo ©
Rokkaku Kyozo
Kongosanmaiin ©
Kongosanmaiin

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sunset Owl Cafe and Nakanoshima Park. There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stroll around Kyomachibori Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, and make a trip to The Symphony Hall.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Osaka visit planning site .

You can take a train from Koya-cho to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Koya-cho in January, expect little chillier with lows of 1°C in Osaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nakijin-son.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Nakanoshima Park ©
Nakanoshima Park

1
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Nakijin-son

Nakijin-son
Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
On the 30th (Sat), make a trip to Heart Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akabaka Beach, and then experience rural life at Aiai Farm.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nakijin-son trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Osaka to Nakijin-son in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Osaka in January: high temperatures in Nakijin-son hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Beaches Parks Outdoors

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night
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 31st (Sun), make a trip to Heritiera Littoralis Tree of Nakama River, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Utara Tanko, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Ruins of Amitory Village.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nakijin-son to Iriomote-jima. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Iriomote-jima when traveling from Nakijin-son in January, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): examine the collection at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, then contemplate the long history of Tojinbaka, then look and learn at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan-Vera Ishigaki Island Observatory Station, and finally look for gifts at Yurateiku Market.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki tour builder tool .

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In January in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi
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Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi ©
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi
Tojinbaka ©
Tojinbaka

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nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 3rd (Wed), take in the pleasant sights at Nishihenna Cape, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hika Road Park, then get outside with Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House, and finally make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): get outside with Sea Sky Hakuai, then explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, and then take some stellar pictures from Shimojishima Airport RW17 End.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Hika Road Park ©
Hika Road Park
Nishihenna Cape ©
Nishihenna Cape

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