24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train to Kanazawa, Drive to Shirakawa-mura
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Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Ibusuki
— 1 day
Fly
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Biei-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Shimokitazawa and Ginza Itoya Hontren. Get a sense of the local culture at Nezu Museum and Asakusa Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Narita (Naritasan Park & Naritasan Omote Sando), Musashino (Inokashira Park & Kichijoji) and Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jindai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, take a stroll through Ginza, and take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Shirakawa-mura

Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
On the 6th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Shirakawa Hachiman Shrine Festival Hall, then contemplate the long history of Nagase house, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally wander the streets of Ogimachi. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, steep yourself in history at Shirakawago Gassho Culture Hall (Old Matsui Family House), steep yourself in history at Wada House, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then get engrossed in the history at Old Toyama Folk House Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at MIBORO Dam Side Park MIBORO Electricity Museum/Shokawa Zakura Memorial.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Shirakawa-mura trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Tokyo to Shirakawa-mura by combination of train and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Shirakawa-mura: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

2
nights
Takayama

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shirakabe Dozogai, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then savor the flavors at Harada Sake Brewery, and finally wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the masterpieces at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten, then see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, then examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), and finally get engrossed in the history at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Takayama, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Side Trip

5
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nanzen-ji Temple and Toji. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Dotombori District. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Ise (Aramatsurinomiya, Sarutahiko Shrine, &more) and Nakanoshima Park (in Osaka). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, visit Arashiyama, and go for a walk through Gion.

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Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in December, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (13°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

3
nights
Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Head to Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street and Kamiyachofor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mitaki Temple and Senjokaku. Venture out of the city with trips to Daishoin Temple (in Hatsukaichi) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum, pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can take a train to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas

Side Trips

1
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Ibusuki

A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryugu Shrine, take a memorable drive along JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Fushime Coast, stop by Michi-no-Eki Iokaido, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally see the interesting displays at Satsuma Denshokan.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Ibusuki using our trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Ibusuki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ibusuki, with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches · Nature

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Biei-cho

Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Zerubunoka Atomunooka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Biei Shrine, head outdoors with Ken & Mary Tree, relax in the rural setting at Biei Farm, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shikisai no Oka, and finally go for a walk through Akai Yane no Koya. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Rokugo Viewing Platform, stop by Anpanman Shop Furano, then tee off at Furano Golf Course, then do a tasting at Furano Budogaoka Park, and finally examine the collection at Furabi.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Biei-cho online travel route planner.

Fly from Ibusuki to Biei-cho in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, car, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and car. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Ibusuki in December; daily highs in Biei-cho reach -1°C and lows reach -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hakodate.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Golf · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

3
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Hakodate

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St.John's Church Hakodate, wander the streets of Motomachi, contemplate the long history of Kyu Soma-tei, then look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then get a taste of the local shopping with Hakodate Meiji-kan, and finally hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, try to win big at Hakodate Horse Racetrack, then admire the masterpieces at Hakodate Museum of Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappist Monasteries, and finally take a stroll around Hakodate Community Design Center.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Biei-cho to Hakodate takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Biei-cho in December; daily highs in Hakodate reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Casinos

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.

Gifu Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Gifu Prefecture is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of central Japan. Its capital is the city of Gifu.Located in the center of Japan, it has long played an important part as the crossroads of Japan, connecting the east to the west through such routes as the Nakasendō. During the Sengoku period, many people referred to Gifu by saying, "control Gifu and you control Japan."HistoryThe land area that makes up modern-day Gifu became part of the Yamato Court around the middle of the fourth century. Because it is in the middle of the island of Honshū, it has been the site of many decisive battles throughout Japan's history, the oldest major one being the Jinshin War in 672, which led to the establishment of Emperor Tenmu as the 40th emperor of Japan.The area of Gifu Prefecture consists of the old provinces of Hida and Mino, as well as smaller parts of Echizen and Shinano. The name of the prefecture derives from its capital city, Gifu, which was named by Oda Nobunaga during his campaign to unify all of Japan in 1567. The first character used comes from Qishan (岐山), a legendary mountain from which most of China was unified, whereas the second character comes from Qufu (曲阜), the birthplace of Confucius. Nobunaga chose those characters because he wanted to unify all of Japan and he wanted to be viewed as a great mind.

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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.