26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  20​h
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Naha
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Osaka
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Kansas City

6
nights
Tokyo

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine. Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Zojo-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kencho-ji Temple, & more), Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi) and Kinomiya Shrine (in Atami). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashima Jingū Shrine.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Kansas City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from Kansas City in January, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 50°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Kashima Jingu, Kinomiya Shrine, Samukawa Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

4
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.
Get outdoors at Okurayama Lookout and Niseko Hanazono Resort. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hokkaido Jingu and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery. Venture out of the city with trips to Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place (in Kutchan-cho), Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho) and Furano (Furano Ski Resort & Campana Rokkatei).

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo travel route site .

Fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect nights in Sapporo to be slightly colder, around 22°F, while days are colder, around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Sapporo

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho, Furano, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu

1
night
Naha

Naha ©
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.
On the 12th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Himeyuri Peace Museum, appreciate the views at Valley of Gangala, contemplate the long history of Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Naha online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Naha takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. In January, Naha is much hotter than Sapporo - with highs of 67°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, Valley of Gangala, Himeyuri Peace Museum
Highlights from your plan
Himeyuri Peace Museum ©
Himeyuri Peace Museum

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Toguchi no Hama and Shimojiiima Island. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Naha to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Kondoi Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ishigaki: Iriomote-jima (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Stand-Up Paddleboarding). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, stroll around Kabira Park, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

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You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In January in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima, Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tenryuji Temple. Visit Nanzen-ji Temple and Toji for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Higashiyama (Tofuku-ji Temple & Kodai-ji Temple), Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo) and Kyoto (Sanzen-in Temple, Eikando Zenrinji Temple, & more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omiwa Shrine, wander the streets of Dotonbori, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Osaka in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in January; daily highs in Osaka reach 48°F and lows reach 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Ise, Sakurai, Horyu-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku

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