44 days in Japan Itinerary

44 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner
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Fly
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly
2
Naha
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
Bus to 古島駅前, Fly to Kagoshima
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Train
5
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Train
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
8
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly
9
Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Fly to Matsumoto, Taxi to Shiojiri, Train to Kofu, Taxi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
11
Tokyo
— 7 nights
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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 12th (Mon) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, see the interesting displays at MInsah Kogei Museum, walk around Banna Park, and stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki holiday maker.

Brisbane, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect nights in Ishigaki to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Naha.
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Find places to stay Dec 11 — 16:

Naha — 4 nights

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: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Kadena-cho), American Village (in Chatan-cho) and Itoman (Himeyuri Peace Museum, Heiwa no Ishiji, &more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, step off the mainland to explore Senagajima Island, and boost your wellbeing at Apeman Spa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Naha trip planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Naha by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Motobu-cho.
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Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:

Motobu-cho — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Kunigami-son (Cape Hedo, Daisekirinzan, &more), Nago (Fukugawa Falls & Busena Marine Park) and Nakijin-son (Kouri Ohashi & Kouri Ocean Tower). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, get outside with Iejima Beach Side Horse Park, step off the mainland to explore Minnajima Island, and experience rural life at Aiai Farm.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Motobu-cho vacation planner.

You can drive from Naha to Motobu-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Naha in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Motobu-cho, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kagoshima.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:

Kagoshima — 2 nights

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
On the 25th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, then take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, then take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Shiroyama, and finally get engrossed in the history at Chiran Peace Museum. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration, explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, then get impressive views of Sakurajima, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Kagoshima Prefectural Office Observation Lobby.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kagoshima itinerary maker.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Kagoshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In December, Kagoshima is slightly colder than Motobu-cho - with highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Nagasaki.
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Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Nagasaki — 3 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo), Akaeza (in Arita-cho) and Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, walk around Nabekanmuriyama Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and take in the views from Megane Bridge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki holiday maker site.

You can take a train from Kagoshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and finally pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

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 Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and admire the striking features of Kyutei Omuro.

Plan my day in Kyoto using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:

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 (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, &more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Sapporo.
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Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

Sapporo — 4 nights

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.
Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Otaru (Otaru Canal & Tomioka Catholic Church) and Noboribetsu (Spas, Jigokudani, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll around Odori Park, get to know the resident critters at Maruyama Zoo, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, and take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sapporo sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Kanazawa in January, expect Sapporo to be little chillier, temps between -3°C and -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.
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Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi — 4 nights

A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fujiyoshida (Arakurayama Sengen Park, Chureito Pagoda, &more), Hakone-machi (Lake Ashinoko, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more) and Keigashima Canyon (in Susono). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets, and get impressive views of Mount Fuji.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip website.

Do a combination of flight, taxi, and train from Sapporo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sapporo in January, things will get a bit warmer in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: highs are around 5°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:

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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 20th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 16 — 23:

Japan travel guide

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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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