22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner
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Fly
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Ise
— 1 night
Drive
4
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive
5
Tanabe
— 1 night
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
6
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry
7
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
8
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Nanjo
9
Nanjo
— 1 night
Drive
10
Kunigami-son
— 1 night
Drive
11
Motobu-cho
— 1 night
Bus to 古島駅前, Fly to Hakuba-mura
12
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Fly to New Chitose, Train to Kutchan-cho
13
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Copenhagen

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Tokyo — 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and Hase-dera Temple. Let the collections at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Edo-Tokyo Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Mori Art Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planning site.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Copenhagen in December, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Kyoto — 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Toji and Kinkaku-ji. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Ise.
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Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

Ise — 1 night

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 2nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Shrine Geku.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ise attractions planning website.

Drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in January since evenings lows in Ise dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.
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Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

Nachikatsura-cho — 1 night

The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seiganto-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Ise to Nachikatsura-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tanabe.
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Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Tanabe — 1 night

Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Engetsuto, then contemplate the long history of Oyunohara - Original Kumano Hongu Taisha Site, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Kawayu Onsen.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tanabe travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Tanabe by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.
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Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

Iriomote-jima — 1 night

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Geta Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, get interesting insight from Tours, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima day trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Tanabe to Iriomote-jima in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Tanabe in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Iriomote-jima: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

Ishigaki — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, walk around Banna Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach. Keep things going the next day: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki vacation maker website.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Miyakojima.
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Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Miyakojima — 2 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head outdoors with Sunayama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, then snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then step off the mainland to explore Shimojishima Island, and finally kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Sawada no hama Beach, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, then enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, and finally head off the coast to Kouri Island.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima online day trip planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nanjo.
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Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Nanjo — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala, appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, take an in-depth tour of Himeyuri Peace Museum, steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri, then go for a walk through Cape Chinen Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nanjo trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Nanjo in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kunigami-son.
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Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:

Kunigami-son — 1 night

Although the village of Kunigami-son spreads across a large area, it remains sparsely populated, with lots of wild land protected from development.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Gallirallus Okinawae Learning Center, get great views at Cape Hedo, then take in the awesome beauty at Daisekirinzan, then get outside with Okuma Beach, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Hiji Waterfall.

Plan trip to Kunigami-son with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Nanjo to Kunigami-son in 2 hours. Traveling from Nanjo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kunigami-son, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Motobu-cho.
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Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:

Motobu-cho — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins, then take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, then kick back and relax at Emerald Beach, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Motobu-cho vacation builder app.

Getting from Kunigami-son to Motobu-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Hakuba-mura.
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Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:

Hakuba-mura — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): hit the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): head outdoors with Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, then fly down the slopes at Hakuba, and finally get outside with Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakuba-mura tour builder tool.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Hakuba-mura by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, tram, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Motobu-cho in January: high temperatures in Hakuba-mura hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kutchan-cho.
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Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

Kutchan-cho — 2 nights

Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
On the 15th (Sun), get outside with Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU, then hit the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, and then head outdoors with Rusutsu Resort Ski. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery and then hit the slopes at Kiroro Snow World.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kutchan-cho trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Hakuba-mura to Kutchan-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hakuba-mura in January: highs in Kutchan-cho hover around -3°C, while lows dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

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.
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