35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
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Sapporo — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru (Tomioka Catholic Church & Otaru Canal) and Noboribetsu (Spas, Jigokudani, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Odori Park, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maruyama Zoo, and hike along Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo online attractions planner.

San Francisco, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Sapporo are colder (32°F), and nights are slightly colder (28°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to fly to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

Kanazawa — 3 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's much more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ninja Weapon Museum, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, and get a dose of the wild on In Kanazawa House.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa route builder.

You can fly from Sapporo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in December: high temperatures in Kanazawa hover around 49°F and lows are around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Nagasaki.
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Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

Nagasaki — 3 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagasaki side-trips: Sasebo (Spas & Huis Ten Bosch) and Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck, see the interesting displays at Dejima, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nagasaki day trip planning app.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kanazawa in January, with highs in Nagasaki at 50°F and lows at 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Naha.
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Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

Naha — 4 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Motobu-cho (Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more), Itoman (Himeyuri Peace Museum & Heiwa no Ishiji) and Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, relax in the rural setting at Aiai Farm, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers, and take in panoramic vistas at Kouri Ocean Tower.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Naha day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Naha takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, Naha is a bit warmer than Nagasaki - with highs of 67°F and lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:

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.
Spend 11th (Wed) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, stop by Miyara River Hirugi Grove, see the interesting displays at MInsah Kogei Museum, and don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ishigaki travel tool.

You can fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:

Hiroshima — 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Gekijyo, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In January, Hiroshima is much colder than Ishigaki - with highs of 49°F and lows of 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:

Kyoto — 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo (in Namba), Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, stop by Arashiyama, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in January, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Jan 18 — 23:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 29th (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba District, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. January in Tokyo sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 23 — 30:

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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