50 days in Japan Itinerary

50 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho
— 5 nights
Train to New Chitose, Fly to Hakuba-mura
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Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 6 nights
Drive
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Kutchan-cho — 5 nights

Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Step out of the city life by going to Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU and Rusutsu Resort Ski. Step off the beaten path and head to Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area and Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath. Get out of town with these interesting Kutchan-cho side-trips: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Noboribetsu (Oyunuma & Jigokudani). The adventure continues: stroll through Niseko Hanazono Resort, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, hit the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kutchan-cho trip itinerary tool.

Austin, USA to Kutchan-cho is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Austin to Kutchan-cho due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Austin in December: highs in Kutchan-cho hover around 32°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Hakuba-mura.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:

Hakuba-mura — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, fly down the slopes at Hakuba, then fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, and finally admire the natural beauty at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hakuba-mura trip site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kutchan-cho to Hakuba-mura in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Kutchan-cho in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hakuba-mura: temperatures range from 43°F by day to 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kyoto.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Kyoto — 7 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.
For shopping fun, head to Dotombori District or Sanbido Karasuma Honten. Get a sense of the local culture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Arashiyama. Venture out of the city with trips to Minami (Namba) (in Namba), Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa) and Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Kyoto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakuba-mura in December; daily highs in Kyoto reach 52°F and lows reach 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 25 — Jan 1:

Hiroshima — 5 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get a sense of the local culture at Yamato Museum and Peace Flame. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mazda Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, &more), Momijidani Park (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Senjokaku). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, see the interesting displays at Honkawa Peace Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Naha.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

Naha — 6 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.
Visiting Nishibama Beach and Furuzamami Beach will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Aharen Beach and Aka Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Onna-son (Onna Station Nakayukui Market, Blue Cave, &more), Tokashiki-son (Tokashiki-jima Island & Tokashiku Beach) and Zamami-son (Ama Beach & Zamamijima Island). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Himeyuri Peace Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Toyosaki Kaihin Koen, appreciate the views at Valley of Gangala, and admire the masterpieces at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Naha road trip planning website.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Naha in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in January, you will find days in Naha are a bit warmer (67°F), and nights are much warmer (59°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Motobu-cho.
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 12:

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.
Visiting Daisekirinzan and Emerald Beach will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Okuma Beach and Manza Beach. Explore Motobu-cho's surroundings by going to Cape Hedo (in Kunigami-son), Busena Beach (in Nago) and Nakijin-son (Kouri Ohashi & Kouri Beach). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins, go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, kick back and relax at Sun Marina Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Motobu-cho trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Naha to Motobu-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Naha in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 53°F in Motobu-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:

Miyakojima — 4 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get in touch with nature at Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Visit Aragusuku Beach and Nakanoshima Beach for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, make a trip to East Henna Cape, and go for a walk through Nishihenna Cape.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima day trip planning app.

Fly from Motobu-cho to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Motobu-cho in January since evenings lows in Miyakojima dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Ishigaki.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:

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.
Head to Nei Museum of Art and Yurateiku Marketfor some retail therapy. You'll explore and learn at MInsah Kogei Museum and Ishigaki Yaima Village. The adventure continues: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaiji Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki travel route site.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in January, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:

Iriomote-jima — 4 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pinaisara Falls and Ida no Hama Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Haemida Beach. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, stroll through Todomari Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Samurai Museum. Shop till you drop at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Ginza. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama (in Yokohama), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Ueno District, explore the world behind art at Mori Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and have fun at teamLab☆Planets.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Tokyo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Iriomote-jima in January: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 50°F and lows are around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 5:

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.