53 days in Japan Itinerary

53 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
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Ferry to Ishigaki, Fly to Osaka Kansai, Train to Nachikatsura-cho
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Ise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train
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Ito
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
Fly
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
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Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Naha Airport, Drive to Kunigami-son
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Kunigami-son
— 2 nights
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Naha
— 4 nights
Fly

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5
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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get in touch with nature at Toguchi no Hama and Yabiji. Do some cultural sightseeing at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Nudokubiabu. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Sawada no hama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Miyakojima road trip planning website.

Singapore, Singapore to Miyakojima is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Miyakojima due to the time zone difference. In December, Miyakojima is a bit cooler than Singapore - with highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Highlights from your trip
Toguchi no Hama
Must see
Toguchi no Hama
4.6
Yabiji
Reef
Yabiji
4.8

6
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nakamoto Beach and Kaiji Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hairumubushi Beach and Island Countryside Settlement. Venture out of the city with trips to Kuro-shima (Iko Pier & Kuroshima V-Gorge) and Kohama-jima (Ubutaki Lookouts & Tumal Beach). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and head outdoors with Kondoi Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

4
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step out of the city life by going to Pinaisara Falls and Kanpiree Waterfall. Relax by the water at Ida no Hama Beach and Hoshisuna Beach. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, get outside with Haemida Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Komi, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima holiday planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Highlights from your trip

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): make a trip to Daimonzaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and train from Iriomote-jima to Nachikatsura-cho in 10.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Iriomote-jima in December; daily highs in Nachikatsura-cho reach 14°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Baths · Nature · Spas
Highlights from your trip
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Religious Site
Kumano Nachi Taisha
4.4
Seigantoji Temple ©
Religious Site
Seigantoji Temple
4.4
Hirou Shrine ©
Religious Site
Hirou Shrine
4.2

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Meotoiwa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, then meet the residents at Toba Aquarium, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ise trip maker tool.

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in December, expect nights in Ise to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Ise Shrine Geku
Historic Walking Area
Ise Shrine Geku
4.6
Futami Okitama Shrine ©
Religious Site
Futami Okitama Shrine
4.1
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Religious Site
Tsukiyominomiya
4.4

6
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Toshodai-ji Temple and Koyasan Danjo Garan. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mt. Wakakusa and Chion-in Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Kongobu-ji Temple), Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Kofuku-ji Temple) and Byodoin (in Uji). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Sagano, get in on the family fun at Amanohashidate View Land, contemplate the waterfront views at Amanohashidate, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Ise to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in December, plan for little chillier nights in Kyoto, with lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Ito.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Historic Site
Koyasan Danjo Garan
4.6
Mt. Wakakusa ©
Mountain
Mt. Wakakusa
4.3

5
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Ito

Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tatadohama Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiunkaku and Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Ito side-trips: Izusan Jinja Shrine (in Atami), Shiraito Falls (in Fujinomiya) and Satta-toge Pass (in Shizuoka). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Shirahama Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Mount Nesugatayama Observatory, steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yumigahama Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Ito trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Ito in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in January since evenings lows in Ito dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ito

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Jogasaki Coast ©
Hiking Trail
Jogasaki Coast
4.3

5
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at teamLab☆Planets and University of Tokyo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kencho-ji Temple and Kashima Jingu. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai), Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama) and Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Oarai Isosaki Shrine, examine the collection at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills), and wander the streets of Ueno District.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Ito to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Ito in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Tokyo, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

3
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Nikko

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yomeimon (Main Gate) and Senjogahara Field. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nikko Station and Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park. Spend the 14th (Thu) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Yunoko Lake, admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls, take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, and steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are slightly colder, around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Yudaki Falls ©
Waterfall
Yudaki Falls
4.4
Yunoko Lake ©
Water Body
Yunoko Lake
4.4
Yomeimon (Main Gate) ©
Historic Site
Yomeimon (Main Gate)
4.4

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): hit the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, then take a stroll through Hakuba, and finally hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakuba-mura road trip website.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Hakuba-mura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nikko in January, things will get slightly colder in Hakuba-mura: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your trip

4
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Sapporo

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Hokkaido University Museum and Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort and Furano Ski Resort. Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Royce' Chocolate World (in Chitose), Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum (in Asahikawa) and Ningle Terrace (in Furano). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, explore the activities along Moerenuma Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo journey planner.

Fly from Hakuba-mura to Sapporo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Hakuba-mura in January, you will find days in Sapporo are little chillier (-3°C), and nights are about the same (-6°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Furano Ski Resort ©
Ski Area
Furano Ski Resort
4.3

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Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Step out of the city life by going to Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area and Niseko Hanazono Resort. Step off the beaten path and head to Niseko Village Ski Resort and Fukidashi Park. Step out of Kutchan-cho to go to Rusutsu-mura and see Rusutsu Resort Ski, which is approximately 34 minutes away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at.

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Traveling by car from Sapporo to Kutchan-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Kutchan-cho are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Kunigami-son.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

2
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Kunigami-son

Although the village of Kunigami-son spreads across a large area, it remains sparsely populated, with lots of wild land protected from development.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Okinawa Ishi no Bunka Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Daisekirinzan, get great views at Cape Hedo, then see the interesting displays at Yambaru Wildlife Center Ufugi Nature Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Okushuraku. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Uzahama Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Yonahadake, then admire the sheer force of Hiji Waterfall, then enjoy the sand and surf at Okuma Beach, and finally examine the collection at Ogimi Village Bashofu Hall.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kunigami-son day trip planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Kutchan-cho to Kunigami-son with the Route module. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Kutchan-cho in January; daily highs in Kunigami-son reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Naha.

Things to do in Kunigami-son

Parks · Nature · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Okuma Beach ©
Must see
Okuma Beach
4.5
Hiji Waterfall ©
Waterfall
Hiji Waterfall
4.2
Daisekirinzan ©
Mountain
Daisekirinzan
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Naha

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.
Get outdoors at Valley of Gangala and Street Kart Okinawa. Do some cultural sightseeing at Himeyuri Peace Museum and The Tower of Himeyuri. Venture out of the city with trips to Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma), Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son) and Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, &more). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Naha online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kunigami-son to Naha in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Kunigami-son in January, Naha is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Historic Walking Area
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
4.3

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