26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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Drive to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Fly to Osaka International Airport, Drive to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 3 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Drive to Lake Geneva

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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.
Visiting Mt. Rokko and Mt. Maya will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas and Tenryuji Temple. Step out of Kyoto to go to Shimamoto-cho and see Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and take a stroll through Pontocho District.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning website.

Lake Geneva, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 22-hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Lake Geneva to Kyoto. Traveling from Lake Geneva in December, expect Kyoto to be a bit warmer, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:

Yakushima-cho

— 3 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Explore hidden gems such as Yakusugi Land and Janokuchinotaki Falls. Visiting Tachudake and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mocchomudake.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Kyoto to Yakushima-cho in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kyoto in December, with highs in Yakushima-cho at 18°C and lows at 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Naha.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Naha

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nishibama Beach and Naminoue Beach. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Aka Beach. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shurikinjocho Oakagi Tree, make a trip to Naha Airport Station, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Naha attractions planner.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Naha in 4.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In December, Naha is a bit warmer than Yakushima-cho - with highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Nagamahama Beach Coast. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yabiji and Yonaha Maehama Beach. There's much more to do: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, and Head underground at Shiratori Hole.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 5th (Wed), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Geta Waterfall and then admire the sheer force of Kura Falls.

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Getting from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. January in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Ishigaki

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Shiraho Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kondoi Beach and Kohaguraso. Step out of Ishigaki to go to Kohama-jima and see Hairumubushi Beach, which is approximately 56 minutes away. It doesn't end there: stroll through Maezato Beach and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki route tool.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In January in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Takao and Meguro River. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Ueno District. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kiyose Sunflower Farm (in Kiyose) and Chikurin Park (in Higashikurume). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Akihabara, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo sightseeing site.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. In January, Tokyo is colder than Ishigaki - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:

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.