44 days in Japan Itinerary

44 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

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Naha
— 4 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Sasebo
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Shurijo Castle and Okinawa Zoo & Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Yomitan-son (Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center & Zakimi Castle Ruins), Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling, Cape Manzamo, &more) and American Village (in Chatan-cho). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Makishi Public Market, explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins, get a new perspective on nature at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Amagusuku Observatory.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Naha sightseeing planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Naha is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Naha. While traveling from Adelaide, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Naha, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Motobu-cho

— 4 nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Okichan Theater. Venture out of the city with trips to Nakijin-son (Kouri Ohashi & Kouri Ocean Tower), Ginoza Roadside Station (in Ginoza-son) and Nago (Busena Beach, Busena Marine Park, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, and visit TEERA SCUBA VENTURES, OKINAWA.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho day trip planning app.

Getting from Naha to Motobu-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Naha in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Motobu-cho, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ishigaki

— 5 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.
Family-friendly places like Kabira Bay and Banna Park will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, walk around Kabira Park, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, and Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Ishigaki using our trip planner.

You can fly from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Motobu-cho in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ishigaki, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, then walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. On the next day, get great views at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, stroll around Nabekanmuriyama Park, take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and finally stop by Tatematsuru.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Nagasaki takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Ishigaki in December, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Nagasaki: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sasebo.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Sasebo

— 3 nights
With its U.S. Navy base, Sasebo has certainly developed pockets with an international feel: in downtown, often known as Sailor Town, you'll happen upon a number of eateries serving American-style hamburgers.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Huis Ten Bosch and Mt. Yumihari. Venture out of the city with trips to Akaeza (in Arita-cho) and Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ohashikannonji, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy breathtaking views from Ishidake Observatory, and meet the residents at Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sasebo online travel planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Sasebo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Sasebo are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planning app.

Take a train from Sasebo to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Osaka

— 5 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.
Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Japan and Koko-en will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Himeji Castle & Shoshazan Engyoji) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, admire the striking features of Shin Umeda City, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Osaka sightseeing planning tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 10th (Mon), admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally make a trip to Neagarimatsu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, look for all kinds of wild species at In Kanazawa House, then make a trip to Omicho Market, then contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Sapporo

— 4 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.
Family-friendly places like Jigokudani and Otaru Canal will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe & Spas). There's still lots to do: stroll around Odori Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower.

Find out how to plan Sapporo trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kanazawa in January; daily highs in Sapporo reach -3°C and lows reach -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Senso-ji Temple. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in January, you will find days in Tokyo are warmer (11°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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.