29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Naha
— 3 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Fly
8
Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site, see the interesting displays at MInsah Kogei Museum, and stop by Miyara River Hirugi Grove.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Sydney in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Ishigaki, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Naha.
Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

Naha — 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Itoman (Himeyuri Peace Museum, Heiwa no Ishiji, &more) and American Village (in Chatan-cho). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Naminoue-gu Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Senagajima Island, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Naha trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Naha are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Motobu-cho.
Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Motobu-cho — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, then walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally examine the collection at Oceanic Culture Museum. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins, experience rural life at Aiai Farm, then snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Kouri Ocean Tower.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Motobu-cho trip maker app.

Drive from Naha to Motobu-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Naha in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Motobu-cho, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Nagasaki — 2 nights

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.
On the 29th (Wed), snap pictures at Megane Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, stop by Ishimaru Bunkoudou, then enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): walk around Nabekanmuriyama Park, don't miss a visit to Glover Garden, make a trip to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, then tour the pleasant surroundings at 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.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Nagasaki trip planner.

Fly from Motobu-cho to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Motobu-cho in December: high temperatures in Nagasaki hover around 13°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 31st (Fri), stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Tower of the Sun (in Suita), Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

Kanazawa — 2 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate, then make a trip to Kanazawa Station, and finally pick up some new kitchen skills with In Kanazawa House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Dolls Museum, look for gifts at Amanatto Kawamura, make a trip to Omicho Market, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa tour itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Sapporo.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Sapporo — 3 nights

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 out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Kitahiroshima Cycling Road (in Kitahiroshima) and Otaru (Otaru Canal & Tomioka Catholic Church). There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, make a trip to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and hike along Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo journey planning tool.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kanazawa in January; daily highs in Sapporo reach -3°C and lows reach -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Tokyo — 6 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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 12th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Ginza, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip site.

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Sapporo in January, plan for much warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 11°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 17:

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.