29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ishigakiko Rito Terminal, Fly to Okinawa
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Nanjo
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
6
Ibusuki
— 1 night
Fly
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Ise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 1 night
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Drive to Toyama Airport, Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kouri Island and Nishihenna Cape. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, take in the pleasant sights at Imugya Marine Garden, make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Miyakojima is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Miyakojima. In January, Miyakojima is somewhat warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 69°F and lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

Ishigaki

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Island Countryside Settlement and Nishi Pier. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Kohama-jima (Ishinagata Beach, Ubutaki Lookouts, &more). There's still lots to do: walk around Kabira Park, make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, and stop by Yurateiku Market.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki day trip planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Kanpiree Waterfall. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Iriomote Island, kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and get outside with Ida no Hama Beach.

To see maps and other tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima tour itinerary site.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nanjo.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

Nanjo

— 2 nights
With a long Pacific coastline, Nanjo offers fantastic views of the ocean from high cliffs covered with lush greenery, as well as from its long sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): appreciate the views at Valley of Gangala, head off the coast to Ojima Island, contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, then go for a walk through Cape Chinen Park, and finally head off the coast to Kudakajima Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri, get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then get engrossed in the history at Himeyuri Peace Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Okannundo Temple.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nanjo day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Nanjo takes 6 hours. In January, daytime highs in Nanjo are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Nanjo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

Motobu-cho

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tropical Dream Center and Hiji Waterfall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Kunigami-son (Daisekirinzan, Cape Hedo, &more) and Kouri Beach (in Nakijin-son). The adventure continues: stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, kick back and relax at Emerald Beach, meet the residents at Okichan Theater, and head off the coast to Minnajima Island.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho day trip planning app.

You can drive from Nanjo to Motobu-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Motobu-cho when traveling from Nanjo in January, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:

Ibusuki

— 1 night
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): make a trip to Cape Nagasakibana, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kaimondake, then make a trip to JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Ibusuki trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Ibusuki takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Motobu-cho in January, things will get little chillier in Ibusuki: highs are around 51°F and lows about 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Nature · Spas · Parks · Baths
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:

Ise

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, take an in-depth tour of 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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yokoyama Ishigami Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Toba Aquarium, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ise trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ibusuki to Ise takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Ibusuki in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Ise, with highs around 46°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:

Hakuba-mura

— 3 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Suginohara and Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakuba-mura: Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano), Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort (in Otari-mura) and Kurobe Dam (in Tateyama-machi). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, head outdoors with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, wander the streets of Hakuba, and contemplate the waterfront views at Happo Pond.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hakuba-mura road trip planning app.

You can drive from Ise to Hakuba-mura in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, Hakuba-mura is slightly colder than Ise - with highs of 38°F and lows of 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:

Nozawaonsen-mura

— 1 night
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
On the 29th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen and then hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nozawaonsen-mura trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Nozawaonsen-mura in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Nozawaonsen-mura can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 29:

Kutchan-cho

— 2 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
On the 30th (Sat), head outdoors with Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yotei. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Niseko Hanazono Resort and then stroll around Fukidashi Park.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kutchan-cho sightseeing planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Nozawaonsen-mura to Kutchan-cho with the Route module. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Nozawaonsen-mura in January: highs in Kutchan-cho hover around 27°F, while lows dip to 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:

Sapporo

— 3 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort and Maruyama Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Chitose (Royce' Chocolate World & Lake Shikotsu). The adventure continues: stroll around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Moiwa, hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sapporo road trip app.

Drive from Kutchan-cho to Sapporo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Sapporo are 27°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:

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.