22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 2 nights
Drive
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zao-machi
— 3 nights
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Drive to Sendai Airport, Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Kuala Lumpur International Airport

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Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Nishihenna Cape, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Kurima Bridge, walk around Imugya Marine Garden, make a trip to East Henna Cape, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally head off the coast to Kouri Island.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima online tour itinerary planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Miyakojima is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Miyakojima. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in January: highs in Miyakojima hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Ishigaki

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kabira Kannon-do, then walk around Kabira Park, and finally explore the activities along Kabira Bay. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, then enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site, and finally stroll around Banna Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 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 Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Naha

— 2 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala, steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, then go for a walk through Cape Chinen Park, then don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, and finally admire the masterpieces at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri, then get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Naha online visit planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Motobu-cho

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road and then head outdoors with Emerald Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Motobu-cho journey planner.

Traveling by car from Naha to Motobu-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Expect little chillier evenings in Motobu-cho when traveling from Naha in January, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 2 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.
On the 12th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto online travel route builder.

You can fly from Motobu-cho to Kyoto in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Motobu-cho in January, expect Kyoto to be slightly colder, temps between 10°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.
On the 14th (Fri), visit Hakuba Jump Arena, hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, then hit the slopes at Hakuba, then fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, and finally fly down the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hakuba-mura visit planning app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Hakuba-mura in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in January; daily highs in Hakuba-mura reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods

Tokyo

— 3 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple.

Planning Tokyo trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakuba-mura in January: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Zao-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Zao-machi

— 3 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Miyagi Zao Eboshi Resort and Jac's Village.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Zao-machi trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Zao-machi takes 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tokyo in January, with highs in Zao-machi at 6°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Zao-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums

Kutchan-cho

— 4 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Spas. Go for a jaunt from Kutchan-cho to Rusutsu-mura to see Rusutsu Resort Ski about 34 minutes away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Kutchan-cho visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Zao-machi to Kutchan-cho with the Route module. In January, Kutchan-cho is little chillier than Zao-machi - with highs of -3°C and lows of -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Spas

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.

Tohoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Long a poor rural area known for its harsh climate, Tohoku remained off the tourist radar for most of modern Japanese history. Today, tourism in Tohoku remains refreshingly subdued, offering the chance to discover some of the country's finest natural scenery without the crowds. The area encompasses many scenic hot springs, developed ski areas, picturesque lakes, and historic castles and former samurai residences. Tohoku also serves as an ideal spot for that quintessential Japanese activity, the cherry blossom viewing: the trees bloom later here than elsewhere in the country, making the region a great alternative if you arrive a bit late in the season.

Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.