34 days in Japan Itinerary

34 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
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Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Toyama Airport, Drive to Nozawaonsen-mura
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 2 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 4 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly

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Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Step off the beaten path and head to Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Niseko Hanazono Resort. Change things up with a short trip to Rusutsu Resort Ski in Rusutsu-mura (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kutchan-cho online tour planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Kutchan-cho is an approximately 21.5-hour travel. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in January; daily highs in Kutchan-cho reach -3°C and lows reach -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

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Nozawaonsen-mura

Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): look for gifts at Hokusai-kan, then head outdoors with Togari Onsen Ski Resort, then get outside with Nozawa Onsen, and finally fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Shiga Kogen, get outside with Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then get outside with Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tosen-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nozawaonsen-mura day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kutchan-cho to Nozawaonsen-mura. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in January, you will find days in Nozawaonsen-mura are somewhat warmer (3°C), and nights are about the same (-3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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Hakuba-mura

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.
On the 26th (Tue), fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, head outdoors with Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort, then hit the slopes at Hakuba Mountain Harbor, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Happoone. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, wander the streets of Hakuba, then get outside with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, and finally stop by Hakuba Jump Arena.

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

You can drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Hakuba-mura in 2 hours. January in Hakuba-mura sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Dotombori District. Shop till you drop at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more) and Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, take a stroll through Gion, admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Kyoto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakuba-mura in January: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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Ise

A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 2nd (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, make a trip to Okage Yokocho, then contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then examine the collection at Okageza, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, make a trip to Hinjitsukan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Meotoiwa.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ise trip planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kyoto in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 7°C in Ise. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums

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Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Nakijin Castle Ruins and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nakagusuku Castle Ruins and The Tower of Himeyuri. Venture out of the city with trips to Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater & Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park), Nakijin-son (Akabaka Beach & Kouri Beach) and Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, explore the striking landscape at Cape Manzamo, explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Zakimi Castle Ruins.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Onna-son trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ise to Onna-son takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. While traveling from Ise, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Onna-son, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima online travel planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima in 7 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Onna-son in February since evenings lows in Iriomote-jima dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

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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.
Do your shopping at Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Art. Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, head outdoors with Kaiji Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Torinji Temple, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

To find maps and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Sunayama Beach and Ikema-jima Island. Relax by the water at Toguchi no Hama and Yonaha Maehama Beach. The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Zojo-ji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hase-dera Temple and Kanda Myojin. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai), Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura) and Narita (Dakini Tendo (Shusse Inari) & Naritasan Omote Sando). There's lots more to do: push the limits with Street Kart Shibuya, relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hie Jinjya, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder site.

Getting from Miyakojima to Tokyo by flight takes about 6 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Miyakojima in February: highs in Tokyo hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.