41 days in Japan Itinerary

41 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Naha
— 5 nights
Drive
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly
4
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Naha — 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nishibama Beach and Okinawa Zoo & Museum. Kids will appreciate attractions like Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum and The Tower of Himeyuri. Explore Naha's surroundings by going to Yomitan-son (Sango Batake & Toguchi Beach), American Village (in Chatan-cho) and Onna-son (Cape Manzamo & Onna Station Nakayukui Market). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, enjoy the sand and surf at Naminoue Beach, explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, and browse the different shops at Aeon Naha Shopping Center.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Naha tour itinerary maker website.

Adelaide, Australia to Naha is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. When traveling from Adelaide in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Naha, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Motobu-cho.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park and Okichan Theater. Attractions like Bise no Fukugi Tree Road and Emerald Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Nago (Atelier43, Busena Marine Park, &more), Mt. Iegusuku (in Ie-son) and Diamond Beach (in Onna-son). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, ponder the world of politics at Nago City Hall, see the interesting displays at Oceanic Culture Museum, and experience the excitement of Nago Pineapple Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Naha to Motobu-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Motobu-cho when traveling from Naha in December, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Fun & Games
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Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Banna Park and Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River. Kids will appreciate attractions like Kabira Park and Iko Pier. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Kohama-jima (Kohama Seaport, Hairumubushi Beach, &more) and Kuro-shima (Nishinohama, Kuroshima Research Institute, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torinji Temple, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki online route maker.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki takes 5 hours. Traveling from Motobu-cho in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ishigaki, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Nagasaki.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:

Nagasaki — 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nagasaki Bio Park and Inasayama Observation Deck. Family-friendly places like Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara and Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch & Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort) and Takeo no Okusu (in Takeo). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, walk around Nabekanmuriyama Park, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Nagasaki takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in January, things will get much colder in Nagasaki: highs are around 11°C and lows about 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

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 6th (Fri): walk around Miyajima Sambashimae Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, then see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Flame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Motoyasu River, then see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Kyoto — 6 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.
Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Japan and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Toji and Tempozan Ferris Wheel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Kobe (Mt. Rokko, Kobe Oji Zoo, &more), Osaka (Kids Plaza Osaka, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, &more) and Awaji (Izanagi Shrine & Iwagami Shrine). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chishaku-in, and admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ise.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 13:

Ise — 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Ise Shrine Geku and Hotel Shima Spain Mura. Explore hidden gems such as Toba Aquarium and Oharai-machi. Change things up with these side-trips from Ise: Toba (Izawa Shrine & Mikimoto Pearl Island), Shima (Yokoyama, Goza Beach, &more) and Takinomiya (in Taiki-cho). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, steep yourself in history at Hinjitsukan, make a trip to Okage Yokocho, and get great views at Ise Ninja Kingdom.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ise trip itinerary maker tool.

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, expect a bit warmer with lows of 7°C in Ise. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Sapporo.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks
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Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

Sapporo — 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sapporo Teine and Rusutsu Resort Ski. Attractions like Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38 and Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Kiroro Snow World (in Akaigawa-mura), Kutchan-cho (White Isle Niseko & Niseko Hanazono Resort) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, walk around Odori Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Teine, and examine the collection at Royce' Chocolate World.

Discover how to plan a Sapporo trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Ise to Sapporo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Ise in January, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from -3°C by day to -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can fly to Tokyo.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yomiuri Land and Ueno District. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Tower. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Hino (Takahata Fudoson Kongo-ji Temple & Tama Zoological Park), Kawasaki Daishi (in Kawasaki) and Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine (in Saitama). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oarai Isosaki Shrine, and meet the residents at Tokyo Sea Life Park.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour builder app.

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 28:

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.