23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
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Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Toyama Airport, Drive to Nozawaonsen-mura
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
Drive
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Ise
— 2 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nanjo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train to Tokyo Haneda, Fly to Seattle

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Kutchan-cho

— 3 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Visiting Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Rusutsu Resort Ski will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Niseko Hanazono Resort and Hokkaido Backcountry Club.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kutchan-cho day trip app.

Seattle, USA to Kutchan-cho is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Seattle to Kutchan-cho. Traveling from Seattle in February, you will find days in Kutchan-cho are much colder (29°F), and nights are slightly colder (23°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

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.
On the 24th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Hokusai-kan, fly down the slopes at Togari Onsen Ski Resort, then soak in some Japanese tradition at Nozawa Onsen, and finally fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort. On your second day here, fly down the slopes at Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and finally fly down the slopes at Shiga Kogen.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nozawaonsen-mura trip itinerary planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Kutchan-cho to Nozawaonsen-mura with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kutchan-cho in February: highs in Nozawaonsen-mura hover around 39°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Shopping

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 26th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Hakuba, then take in the awesome beauty at Happoone, and finally fly down the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hakuba-mura trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Nozawaonsen-mura to Hakuba-mura takes 2 hours. February in Hakuba-mura sees daily highs of 39°F and lows of 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, then see the interesting displays at Okageza, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Hinjitsukan, get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, and finally stop by Kumihimo Hirai.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ise trip planner.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Ise in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In February, Ise is a bit warmer than Hakuba-mura - with highs of 46°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 1st (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head off the coast to Shimojishima Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, then visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and finally step off the mainland to explore Kouri Island.

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You can fly from Ise to Miyakojima in 4 hours. While traveling from Ise, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Miyakojima, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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.
Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement will appeal to history buffs. For shopping fun, head to Yurateiku Market or Nei Museum of Art. And it doesn't end there: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, stroll around Kabira Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip tool.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the flight 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clara Church, contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangui, appreciate the history behind Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ashibina Outlet Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Ojima Island, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala, then look for gifts at Agarihama Market, then steep yourself in history at Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and finally contemplate the long history of Tomb of Lord Gosamaru.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nanjo trip maker app.

Fly from Ishigaki to Nanjo in 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Nanjo can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Nanjo

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, then don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho holiday maker website.

Traveling by flight from Nanjo to Yakushima-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Nanjo in March, expect Yakushima-cho to be slightly colder, temps between 63°F and 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Maiko Antiques Kyoto. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Dotombori to see Dotombori District about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasaka Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In March, Kyoto is a bit cooler than Yakushima-cho - with highs of 57°F and lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.