36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kunigami-son
— 1 night
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Drive to Naha Airport / JASDF Naha Air Base, Fly to Kagoshima Airport, Drive to Ibusuki
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Ibusuki
— 2 nights
Fly to Kobe, Train to Tottori
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Tottori
— 1 night
Drive
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Toyooka
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 2 nights
Train to Kintetsunagoya, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Ishigaki

— 4 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 Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Banna Park. Head to Nei Museum of Art and Inafuku Shuhan Hontenfor some retail therapy. Step out of Ishigaki to go to Iriomote-jima and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, stroll through Yonehara Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and stroll around Kabira Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip maker app.

Brisbane, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Brisbane in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ishigaki: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get some cultural insight at Yukishio Museum and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Aragusuku Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, go for a walk through Nishihenna Cape, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, and enjoy breathtaking views from Makiyama Observatory.

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You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Naha

— 4 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.
Himeyuri Peace Museum and Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Aeon Naha Shopping Center and Onna Station Nakayukui Market. Venture out of the city with trips to Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son), Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri & Okinawa Peace Memorial Park) and Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins, steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, and make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Naha day trip website.

Getting from Miyakojima to Naha by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In December in Naha, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kunigami-son.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Kunigami-son

— 1 night
Although the village of Kunigami-son spreads across a large area, it remains sparsely populated, with lots of wild land protected from development.
On the 27th (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Cape Hedo, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisekirinzan, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gallirallus Okinawae Learning Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kunigami-son journey planner.

You can drive from Naha to Kunigami-son in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Naha in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Kunigami-son. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Kunigami-son

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Ibusuki

— 2 nights
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): make a trip to Cape Nagasakibana, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kaimondake, then kick back and relax at Fushime Coast, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally see the interesting displays at Satsuma Denshokan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Chiran Heiwa Park, then learn about all things military at Chiran Peace Museum, and then don't miss a visit to JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ibusuki route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kunigami-son to Ibusuki. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kunigami-son in December; daily highs in Ibusuki reach 14°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tottori.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tottori

— 1 night
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): kick back and relax at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tottori Sand Dunes, explore the world behind art at The Sand Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Uradome Coast, then explore the activities along Uradome Seacoast Marine Park, and finally examine the collection at San'in Kaigan Geopark Museum of the Earth and Sea.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Tottori journey maker app.

Getting from Ibusuki to Tottori by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ibusuki in December; daily highs in Tottori reach 11°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Tottori

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Toyooka

— 1 night
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Naomi Uemura Bokenkan, see the interesting displays at Toyooka City Konotori Bunkakan, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Toyooka Sanchoku Magokoro Market.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Toyooka trip planner.

Getting from Tottori to Toyooka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, daytime highs in Toyooka are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Toyooka

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Osaka

— 4 nights
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.
Otsuka Museum of Art and Dotombori District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Midosuji Street and Imperial Hotel Plaza Osaka. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Naruto Strait (in Naruto) and Nara (Nara Park & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and stop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

You can drive from Toyooka to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. While traveling from Toyooka, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Ippuyafor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Arashiyama. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Ise

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Ise Ninja Kingdom, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Okageza, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, then contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ise road 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 January, Ise is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums

Tokyo

— 7 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.
Shop till you drop at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and TOKYO Solamachi. Let the collections at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and teamLab☆Planets capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kawasaki Daishi (in Kawasaki) and Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, wander the streets of Ueno District, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

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Getting from Ise to Tokyo by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Ise in January, Tokyo is a bit cooler at night with lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.