56 days in Japan Itinerary

56 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
2
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
3
Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
5
Ito
— 5 nights
6
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
7
Kyoto
— 4 nights
8
Toyooka
— 3 nights
9
Miyazaki
— 4 nights
10
Kunigami-son
— 1 night
11
Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
12
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
13
Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
14
Ishigaki
— 7 nights

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Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area. When in Kutchan-cho, make a side trip to see Rusutsu Resort Ski in Rusutsu-mura, approximately Rusutsu-mura away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Toya, walk around Fukidashi Park, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kutchan-cho tour planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Kutchan-cho is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Kutchan-cho due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Kutchan-cho to be colder, temps between 0°C and -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, Fukidashi Park, Lake Toya, Rusutsu Resort Ski
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Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort

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Nozawaonsen-mura

Nozawaonsen-mura ©
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): hit the slopes at Shiga Kogen, hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, then hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen, then head outdoors with Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, and finally don't miss a visit to Amidado. On your second day here, head outdoors with Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort, then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then fly down the slopes at Ryuoo Ski Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tosen-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nozawaonsen-mura trip builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kutchan-cho to Nozawaonsen-mura. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in December, you will find days in Nozawaonsen-mura are a bit warmer (7°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Amidado, Tosen-ji Temple
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen

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Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
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 Snow Monkey Resorts and Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakuba-mura: Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort (in Otari-mura), Kurobe Dam (in Tateyama-machi) and Suginohara (in Myoko). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, look for all kinds of wild species at Ike no Taira Shitsugen, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakuba-mura visit planner.

You can drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Hakuba-mura in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hakuba-mura can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kusatsu-machi, Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort, Kurobe Dam, Ike no Taira Shitsugen, Suginohara
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
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Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Happoone ©
Happoone
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden ©
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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 off the beaten path and head to Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some culinary diversions at Best Experience Japan, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the views from Rainbow Bridge, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Hakuba-mura - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can take a train to Ito.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:
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Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart ©
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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Ito

Ito ©
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mount Omuro. Explore Ito's surroundings by going to Shimoda (Shirahama Beach & Mount Nesugatayama Observatory), Fuji-Q Highland (in Fujiyoshida) and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu (in Hakone-machi). The adventure continues: trek along Jogasaki Coast, don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, and see the interesting displays at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ito trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Ito takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ito when traveling from Tokyo in January, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ito

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Shimoda, Fuji-Q Highland, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:
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Jogasaki Coast ©
Jogasaki Coast
Mount Omuro ©
Mount Omuro
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

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Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the activities along Kajitorizaki, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ito to Nachikatsura-cho takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daytime highs in Nachikatsura-cho are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Shingu, Kajitorizaki, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Hashigui Rock ©
Hashigui Rock

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Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in January since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Explore hidden gems such as Street of Kinosaki Onsen and The Sand Museum. Explore Toyooka's surroundings by going to Yabu (Tarumino Ozakura & Tendaki Falls), Takeda Castle Ruins (in Asago) and Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki (in Kami-cho). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Amanohashidate, get in on the family fun at Amanohashidate View Land, head outdoors with Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore, and explore the striking landscape at Tottori Sand Dunes.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Toyooka road trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Toyooka by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Toyooka, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Toyooka

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yabu, Tottori, Miyazu, Takeda Castle Ruins, Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
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Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate
Amanohashidate View Land ©
Amanohashidate View Land
The Sand Museum ©
The Sand Museum

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Miyazaki

Miyazaki ©
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nichinan Coast and Onino Sentakuita. Venture out of the city with trips to Udo Shrine (in Nichinan), Ishinami Beach (in Kushima) and Udo Shrine (in Hyuga). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Aoshima Island, make a trip to Eda Shrine, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyazaki Shinto Shrine.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Miyazaki trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Toyooka to Miyazaki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, Miyazaki is somewhat warmer than Toyooka - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Kunigami-son.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Nichinan, Kirishima, Ishinami Beach, Udo Shrine, Sekinoo Falls
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:
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Aoshima Island ©
Aoshima Island
Nichinan Coast ©
Nichinan Coast
Onino Sentakuita ©
Onino Sentakuita

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Kunigami-son

Kunigami-son ©
Although the village of Kunigami-son spreads across a large area, it remains sparsely populated, with lots of wild land protected from development.
On the 28th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Hiji Waterfall, then get great views at Cape Hedo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Daisekirinzan, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Okuma Beach.

For ratings and other tourist information, go to the Kunigami-son trip itinerary builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Miyazaki to Kunigami-son. Traveling from Miyazaki in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Kunigami-son: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kunigami-son

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan
Okuma Beach ©
Okuma Beach
Hiji Waterfall ©
Hiji Waterfall

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Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
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 Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park and Minnajima Island. Get out of town with these interesting Motobu-cho side-trips: Onna-son (Onna Station Nakayukui Market, Cape Maeda, &more), Uruma (Hamahiga Island, Katsuren Castle Ruins, &more) and Yomitan-son (Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center & Zakimi Castle Ruins). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, see the interesting displays at Oceanic Culture Museum, head outdoors with Emerald Beach, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho road trip planner.

Drive from Kunigami-son to Motobu-cho in 1.5 hours. January in Motobu-cho sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Onna-son, Uruma, Yomitan-son, Busena Beach, Nakijin Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:
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Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Minnajima Island ©
Minnajima Island

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Aragusuku Beach and Irabu Ohashi. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, get outside with Sunayama Beach, and take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Miyakojima in 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Miyakojima when traveling from Motobu-cho in February, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Explore hidden gems such as Iriomote Island and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Todomari Beach, stroll through Funauki Village, and identify plant and animal life at Nakama-river Protected Region.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip builder app.

Traveling by ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach

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Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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 discover tucked-away gems like Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Banna Park. When in Ishigaki, make a side trip to see Iko Pier in Kuro-shima, approximately Kuro-shima away. There's much more to do: stroll around Kabira Park, take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki, examine the collection at MInsah Kogei Museum, and head outdoors with Kondoi Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Iko Pier, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 17:
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Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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