38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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38 days in Japan Itinerary

Auckland Central
Fly:  24​h
Hateruma-jima
— Few hours
Travel:  3​h 15​min
Iriomote-jima
— 5 nights
+3
ferry + Drive + Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
Kumejima-cho
— 5 nights
ferry + taxi:  1​h 45​min
Nago
— 4 nights
+4
Drive + ferry + Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
Teshikaga-cho
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
Shakotan-gun
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
+3
train + Drive + ferry + Drive:  10​h 30​min
Yakushima-cho
— 5 nights
Fly:  24​h
Auckland Central

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hours
Hateruma-jima

Hateruma-jima ©
On the 12th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Monument of The Southernmost Part of Japn and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nishihama Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hateruma-jima Taketomi-cho road trip planning site .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Hateruma-jima Taketomi-cho is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Auckland Central to Hateruma-jima Taketomi-cho. In November, Hateruma-jima Taketomi-cho is a bit warmer than Auckland Central - with highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Taketomicho Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Hateruma-jima

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Nishihama Beach ©
Nishihama Beach

4
days
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pinaisara Falls and Mizuochi Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Ida no Hama Beach and Nakano Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taketomicho Iriomote-jima: Ishigaki (Tamatorizaki Observatory & Yonehara Beach). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hoshisuna Beach, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Taketomicho Iriomote-jima trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hateruma-jima Taketomi-cho to Taketomicho Iriomote-jima. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in November, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Ishigaki
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
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Yonehara Beach

1
day
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
On the 17th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho itinerary site .

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi from Taketomicho Iriomote-jima to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Taketomicho Iriomote-jima in November: highs in Takachiho-cho hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Kumejima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

5
days
Kumejima-cho

Kumejima-cho ©
The town of Kumejima-cho spans several islands, including the main island of the same name.
Step out of the city life by going to Kumejima Island and Tonbara. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ala Beach and Takatsukiyama Observatory Deck. Change things up with these side-trips from Kumejima-cho: Zamami-son (Zamami Island & Furuzamami Beach). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Hiyajo Banta Cliff, examine the collection at Kumejima Hotaru Kan, step off the mainland to explore Hatenohama, and take in the views from Shirugachi Bridge.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kumejima-cho trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Takachiho-cho to Kumejima-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. While traveling from Takachiho-cho, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Kumejima-cho, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Nago.

Things to do in Kumejima-cho

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Zamami-son
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Hatenohama ©
Hatenohama
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Zamami Island ©
Zamami Island

4
days
Nago

Nago ©
Developed as an upper-middle class tourist town in the northern part of Okinawa Island, Nago offers a wide range of leisure activities from swimming to exploration of ruins and rainforests.
Escape the urban bustle at Manza Ocean Park and Kouri-jima Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Blue Cave), Motobu-cho (Emerald Beach & Okichan Theater) and Nakijin Castle Remains (in Nakijin-son). There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Zampa and look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Kyoda Yanbaru Local Products Center.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nago trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kumejima-cho to Nago takes 2 hours. Traveling from Kumejima-cho in November, Nago is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Nago

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Onna-son, Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son, Cape Zampa
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Kouri-jima Island ©
Kouri-jima Island
Emerald Beach ©
Emerald Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
days
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bihorotoge Lookout and Watanabe Experience Farm. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Kussharo Sand Bath and Mt. Io. Venture out of the city with trips to Kushiro (Taroko Lake and Jiroko Lake & Akan Lake), Kaiyodai (in Nakashibetsu-cho) and Tsurui Dosanko Farm (in Tsurui-mura). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Nago to Teshikaga-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Nago in November; daily highs in Teshikaga-cho reach 7°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Kushiro, Bihorotoge Lookout, Kaiyodai, Tsurui Dosanko Farm
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Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Lake Kussharo Sand Bath ©
Lake Kussharo Sand Bath
Lake Kussharo ©
Lake Kussharo

3
days
Shari-cho

Shari-cho
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Get in touch with nature at Shiretoko Beach and Shiretoko Goko Lake. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shiretoko Nature Center and Shiretoko Pass. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu and admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Shari-cho trip builder app .

You can drive from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. In December in Shari-cho, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Shakotan-gun.

Things to do in Shari-cho

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Hokkaido
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Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach
Shiretoko Nature Center ©
Shiretoko Nature Center

2
days
Shakotan-gun

Shakotan-gun ©
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Cape Kamui and then explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Shakotan-gun driving holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Shari-cho to Shakotan-gun with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Shakotan-gun

#Nature, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Shakotan Peninsula ©
Shakotan Peninsula

3
days
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Get outdoors at Hokkaido Backcountry Club and Rusutsu Resort Ski. The adventure continues: stroll through Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, take in nature's colorful creations at Mishima's Shibazakura Garden, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Kutchan-cho vacation planner .

Getting from Shakotan-gun to Kutchan-cho by car takes about 2 hours. December in Kutchan-cho sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Rusutsu Resort Ski, Lake Toya, Hokkaido Backcountry Club
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Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski
Hokkaido Backcountry Club ©
Hokkaido Backcountry Club

5
days
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Seibu Trail and Janokuchinotaki Falls. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yakushima Lighthouse (Nagata Lighthouse) and Tachudake. Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, snap pictures at Kosugidani Bridge, and wander the streets of Wilson Stump.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Kutchan-cho to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in December, expect Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho to be much warmer, temps between 18°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails
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Seibu Trail ©
Seibu Trail
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley

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