27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
2
Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
3
Kagoshima
— 1 night
4
Nagasaki
— 1 night
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Osaka
— 4 nights
7
Kyoto
— 4 nights
8
Tokyo
— 7 nights

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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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki holiday tool.

London, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Ishigaki. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 26°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal ©
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal

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Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Onna-son (Cape Manzamo, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more), Busena Marine Park (in Nago) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, and relax in the rural setting at Aiai Farm.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Motobu-cho trip planning site.

Getting from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in December, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Motobu-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Onna-son, Nakijin-son, Kunigami-son, Busena Marine Park
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

1
night
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): go for a walk through Sengan-en, then explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, and then contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Kagoshima trip planner.

You can fly from Motobu-cho to Kagoshima in 6 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Motobu-cho in December, expect Kagoshima to be little chillier, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Nagashima Museum ©
Nagashima Museum

1
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Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
On the 12th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kannondo, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, then stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip planner.

Take a train from Kagoshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. December in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Mt. Inasa ©
Mt. Inasa

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and finally stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
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 out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en), Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more) and Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) (in Kobe). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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Kyoto

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, stroll through Katsura Imperial Villa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland, Ikspiari, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and get the adrenaline pumping with Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo road trip website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart ©
Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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