59 days in Japan Itinerary

59 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 7 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
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Onna-son
— 8 nights
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Ise
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Ise
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
Fly to New Chitose, Train to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Train to New Chitose, Fly to Hakuba-mura
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Hakuba-mura
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 9 nights
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Iriomote-jima — 3 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Take a break from the city and head to Ida no Hama Beach and Iriomote Island. Step off the beaten path and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. On the 4th (Sat), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima online trip itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Iriomote-jima is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Iriomote-jima. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay Feb 2 — 5:

Ishigaki — 7 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.
Visiting Kondoi Beach and Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Nosoko Mape. Take a break from Ishigaki with a short trip to Ubutaki Lookouts in Kohama-jima, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, stroll around Kabira Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fusaki Kannondo, and get outside with Kaiji Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary maker website.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Miyakojima.
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Find places to stay Feb 5 — 12:

Miyakojima — 5 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Harimizu Utaki will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Kouri Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji, don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Onna-son.
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Find places to stay Feb 12 — 17:

Onna-son — 8 nights

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
For shopping fun, head to AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM or Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Daisekirinzan will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Onna-son: Kunigami-son (Cape Hedo & Okuma Beach), Nanjo (Valley of Gangala, Sefa-Utaki, &more) and St. Clara Church (in Yonabaru-cho). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and take an in-depth tour of Himeyuri Peace Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Onna-son attractions planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Onna-son by combination of flight and bus takes about 4 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Miyakojima in February since evenings lows in Onna-son dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ise.
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Find places to stay Feb 17 — 25:

Ise — 5 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ise Shrine Geku and Futami Okitama Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Oharai-machi and Shinmei Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck (in Shima), Kumano (Daiuma Shrine & Hanano Iwaya Caves) and Aonominesan Shofuku-ji Temple (in Toba). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, contemplate the long history of Hinjitsukan, and don't miss a visit to Meotoiwa Rocks.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ise road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Ise in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. While traveling from Onna-son, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Ise, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 2:

Kyoto — 8 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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Nishiki Market Shopping District. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Byodoin (in Uji), Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more) and Ibomizu Isora Shrine (in Ibaraki). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, contemplate the long history of Yasaka Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

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Drive from Ise to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kyoto, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kutchan-cho.
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Find places to stay Mar 2 — 10:

Kutchan-cho — 2 nights

Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU, hit the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, and then get interesting insight from Niseko Outdoor Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Niseko Hanazono Resort.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Kutchan-cho tour itinerary maker website.

Do a combination of flight and train from Kyoto to Kutchan-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in March, expect nights in Kutchan-cho to be little chillier, around -1°C, while days are colder, around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hakuba-mura.
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Find places to stay Mar 10 — 12:

Hakuba-mura — 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hakuba and Matsumoto Castle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden. Venture out of the city with trips to Nagano (Togakushi Shrine Okusha & Snow Monkey Resorts), Kaichi Gakko Primary School (in Matsumoto) and Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort (in Otari-mura). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort, head outdoors with Suginohara, and take in the awesome beauty at Happoone.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakuba-mura journey website.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kutchan-cho to Hakuba-mura in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kutchan-cho in March, with highs in Hakuba-mura at 11°C and lows at 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nozawaonsen-mura.
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Find places to stay Mar 12 — 17:

Nozawaonsen-mura — 5 nights

Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort and Kagura Ski Resort. Get a sense of the local culture at Haruna Shrine and Kaio-in Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Nozawaonsen-mura side-trips: Yamanouchi-machi (Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, &more), Yuzawa-machi (Ponshukan & Iwappara Ski Resort) and Madarao Mountain Resort (in Iiyama). It doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Nozawa Onsen and tee off at Karuizawa 72Golf North Course.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nozawaonsen-mura holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Nozawaonsen-mura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Mar 17 — 22:

Tokyo — 9 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 a sense of the local culture at Hase-dera Temple and Zojo-ji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Naritasan Omote Sando are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori), Kashima Jingu (in Kashima) and Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Kanda Myojin, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planning site.

You can drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nozawaonsen-mura in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Mar 22 — 31:

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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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