26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

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Fly
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Fly
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nanjo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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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 Tokyo Haneda
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
Drive
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
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Drive to Toyama Airport, Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Vancouver International Airport

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Kyoto is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Kyoto is 17 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
On the 7th (Fri), meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, and finally kick back and relax at Emerald Beach. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Kouri Beach, then contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, and then take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Motobu-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, Motobu-cho is a bit warmer than Kyoto - with highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nanjo.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
On the 9th (Sun), head off the coast to Kudakajima Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Chinen Park, steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangui, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Ojima Island, take an in-depth tour of Himeyuri Peace Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri, and finally appreciate the history behind Heiwa no Ishiji.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nanjo itinerary planner.

You can drive from Motobu-cho to Nanjo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Motobu-cho in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nanjo, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Nanjo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Ikema Ohashi Bridge and Shimojiiima Island. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, enjoy breathtaking views from Makiyama Observatory, stroll around Imugya Marine Garden, and take in the pleasant sights at Nishihenna Cape.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by flight from Nanjo to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Island Countryside Settlement and Kabira Park. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and head outdoors with Yonehara Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary maker app.

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 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and then head outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Tokyo

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Observatory, Seaside Top. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo vacation maker website.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Tokyo in 7.5 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Iriomote-jima in January: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stop by Hakuba Jump Arena, head outdoors with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, stop by Hakuba, then fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, and finally head outdoors with Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakuba-mura trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: high temperatures in Hakuba-mura hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, then head outdoors with Nozawa Onsen, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tosen-ji Temple, and finally identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort, then fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and then hit the slopes at Shiga Kogen.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nozawaonsen-mura trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Nozawaonsen-mura in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Nozawaonsen-mura can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho

— 3 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 Rusutsu Resort Ski. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kutchan-cho travel route app.

Explore your travel options from Nozawaonsen-mura to Kutchan-cho with the Route module. While traveling from Nozawaonsen-mura, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kutchan-cho, ranging from highs of -3°C to lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · 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.