26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Towada
— 2 nights
Taxi to Hachinohe, Train to Sendai
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Sendai
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
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Naha
— 2 nights
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Nago
— 3 nights
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Ozu
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland, Ikspiari, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Rikugien Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder site.

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in December, with highs in Tokyo at 54°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sapporo

— 3 nights

CIty of Ramen

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru-shi General Museum, Otaru Canal, &more). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, trek along Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course, get in on the family fun at Shiroi Koibito Park, and get great views at Sapporo TV Tower.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo road trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Sapporo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for colder days in Sapporo, with highs around 32°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Towada.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Towada

— 2 nights
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
On the 18th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Kudan no Taki Waterfall, explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoi no Taki Waterfall, then admire the sheer force of Choshi Otaki Waterfall, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Towada Shrine. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Towada Art Center, take in the awesome beauty at Hakkoda Mountains, then snap pictures at Deai-bashi Bridge, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase River.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Towada trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Towada takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Towada can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Towada

Nature · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trip

Sendai

— 3 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Get out of town with these interesting Sendai side-trips: Shiogama Shrine (in Shiogama), Zao-machi (O-torii & Mt. Katta) and Yamagata (Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort & Thermal Spas). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Jozenji-dori Avenue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zuiganji, browse the exhibits of Zuihoden, and stroll around Aobayama Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sendai road trip tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Towada to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Towada in December: high temperatures in Sendai hover around 45°F and lows are around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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 24th (Fri): see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and then don't miss a visit to Euglena Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, stroll around Kabira Park, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, then take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, and finally walk around Banna Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sendai to Ishigaki takes 7 hours. In December, Ishigaki is warmer than Sendai - with highs of 72°F and lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 26th (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then take in the views from Kurima Bridge, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and finally kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, get great views at Shimojishima Airport RW17 End, then head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach, and finally make a trip to East Henna Cape.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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 28th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Naminoue Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naminoue-gu Shrine, head off the coast to Senagajima Island, don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, then make a trip to Yachimun Street, and finally make a trip to Kokusaidori. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Naha trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Naha takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nago.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Nago

— 3 nights
Developed as an upper-middle class tourist town in the northern part of Okinawa Island, Nago offers a wide range of leisure activities from swimming to exploration of ruins and rainforests.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nago: Motobu-cho (Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, &more). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi, catch some excitement at Nago Pineapple Park, stroll around Busena Marine Park, and find something for the whole family at Okinawa Fruits Land.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Nago trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Naha to Nago by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Naha in December, Nago is slightly colder at night with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Ozu.

Things to do in Nago

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Ozu

— 2 nights
Ōzu is a Japanese city of about 48,000 inhabitants located in Ehime Prefecture.HistoryŌzu Castle is a castle in Ōzu. On the 2nd (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ozu Shrine, contemplate the long history of Garyu Sanso, take a stroll through Ozu Houses Of The Meiji, then step into the grandiose world of Ozu Castle, and finally walk around Ozu Shiroyama Park. Keep things going the next day: stop by Karari Fresh Park Michi-no-Eki, contemplate the long history of Former Katsudo Shashinkan, Asahikan, make a trip to Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, get engrossed in the history at Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei, then examine the collection at Machiya Resource Center, and finally make a trip to Shimonada Station.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ozu day trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nago to Ozu. Traveling from Nago in January, expect Ozu to be little chillier, temps between 49°F and 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ozu

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ozu to Tokyo. On the 4th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Japan travel guide

4.3
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

4.1
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.

Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Beaches · Aquariums
Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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