43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Sasebo
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kamakura
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
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Naha
— 6 nights
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Ishigaki — 6 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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, head outdoors with Yarabudake, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip builder tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Ishigaki is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Ishigaki. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in January; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 24°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Sasebo.
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Find places to stay Jan 18 — 24:

Sasebo — 3 nights

With its U.S. Navy base, Sasebo has certainly developed pockets with an international feel: in downtown, often known as Sailor Town, you'll happen upon a number of eateries serving American-style hamburgers.
Get out of town with these interesting Sasebo side-trips: Nagasaki (Nabekanmuriyama Park, Glover Garden, &more), Akaeza (in Arita-cho) and Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Huis Ten Bosch, observe the fascinating underwater world at Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara, head off the coast to Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yumihari.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sasebo trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Sasebo takes 4 hours. In January, Sasebo is colder than Ishigaki - with highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can fly to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:

Kyoto — 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Kobe), Minami (Namba) (in Namba) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Sasebo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sasebo in January, Kyoto is little chillier at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 2:

Kanazawa — 3 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). And it doesn't end there: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, surround yourself with nature on In Kanazawa House, and steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in February: highs in Kanazawa hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Feb 2 — 5:

Tokyo — 6 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). Have a day of magic on the 7th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo attractions planning site.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in February, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kamakura.
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Find places to stay Feb 5 — 11:

Kamakura — 4 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kamakura: Myohoshoji Temple (in Otaki-machi), Mitsuishiyama Kannon-ji Temple (in Kimitsu) and Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Hase-dera Temple Scenic Walkway, and don't miss a visit to Cape Nojima.

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Drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in February: highs in Kamakura hover around 6°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Feb 11 — 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Gekijyo, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip app.

Traveling by flight from Kamakura to Hiroshima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kamakura in February: highs in Hiroshima hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Motobu-cho.
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Find places to stay Feb 15 — 18:

Motobu-cho — 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kunigami-son (Cape Hedo & Okuma Beach), Nakijin-son (Kouri Beach & Kouri Ohashi) and Nago (Busena Marine Park & Kise Beach). There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center, take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins.

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Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hiroshima in February, with highs in Motobu-cho at 22°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Naha.
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Find places to stay Feb 18 — 23:

Naha — 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Sangui (in Nanjo), Awase Shrine (in Okinawa City) and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Nakagusuku-son). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, appreciate the views at Valley of Gangala, identify plant and animal life at Toma, and make a trip to Makishi Public Market.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Naha trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Naha by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Motobu-cho in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°C in Naha. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Feb 23 — Mar 1:

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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