21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  15 h
1
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Furano
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  7 h 15 min
7
Nakijin-son
— 1 day
+5
Bus + Train + Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  6 h 30 min
8
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h
9
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
10
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): head outdoors with Sapporo Teine and then pause for some serene contemplation at Tomioka Catholic Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Moiwa Peak Observatory, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine, then walk around Asahiyama Kinen Koen, and finally head outdoors with Maruyama Genshirin.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo journey planner.

Sydney, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around -3°C and lows are around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Sapporo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Tomioka Catholic Church
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:
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Sapporo Teine ©
Sapporo Teine
Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Asahiyama Kinen Koen ©
Asahiyama Kinen Koen

2
nights
Furano

Furano ©
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stop by Rokugo no Mori, stop by Anpanman Shop Furano, then enjoy breathtaking views from Rokugo Viewing Platform, then visit Glass Forest in FURANO, and finally see the interesting displays at Furabi. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Kita no Kunikara Museum, visit Leisure Guide Asobiya, don't miss a visit to Nunobe Station, then stroll around Torinuma Park, and finally examine the collection at Goto Sumio Art Museum.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Furano online holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Furano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sapporo in January, Furano is little chillier at night with lows of -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Furano

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Goto Sumio Art Museum
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:
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Goto Sumio Art Museum ©
Goto Sumio Art Museum
Torinuma Park ©
Torinuma Park
Rokugo Viewing Platform ©
Rokugo Viewing Platform

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Kiushito Wetland and then get outside with Sanlaiva Ski Area.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Noboribetsu trip website.

Traveling by car from Furano to Noboribetsu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Furano in January: high temperatures in Noboribetsu hover around 0°C and lows are around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Step off the beaten path and head to Iwamura Historical Town and Arimatsu no Machinami. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bansho-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Nagoya Chikyu Hiroba, walk around Todagawa Kodomo Land, and admire the masterpieces at Furukawa Art Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagoya online tour planner.

Getting from Noboribetsu to Nagoya by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Noboribetsu in January: high temperatures in Nagoya hover around 7°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Iwamura Historical Town
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
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Higashiyama Park ©
Higashiyama Park
Bansho-ji Temple ©
Bansho-ji Temple
Furukawa Art Museum ©
Furukawa Art Museum

2
nights
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokiin, don't miss a visit to Hojoin Temple, look for gifts at Kadohama Gomatofu Sohompo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saito, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongosanmaiin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumagai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryusen-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukuchi-in Temple, and finally admire the striking features of Koyasan Kondomae.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Koya-cho trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Nagoya to Koya-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:
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Torodo Temple ©
Torodo Temple
Kongosanmaiin ©
Kongosanmaiin
Rokkaku Kyozo ©
Rokkaku Kyozo

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Explore hidden gems such as Sunset Owl Cafe and Kids Plaza Osaka. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten, contemplate the long history of Tekijuku, don't miss a visit to Hanjotei, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Koya-cho to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Koya-cho in January, Osaka is slightly colder at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nakijin-son.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Hankyu Umeda Honten ©
Hankyu Umeda Honten

1
day
Nakijin-son

Nakijin-son ©
Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
On the 30th (Sat), make a trip to Heart Rock, then enjoy the sand and surf at Akabaka Beach, and then experience rural life at Aiai Farm.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nakijin-son trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Osaka to Nakijin-son in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Osaka in January: high temperatures in Nakijin-son hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 30:
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Heart Rock ©
Heart Rock

1
night
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Heritiera Littoralis Tree of Nakama River, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Utara Tanko, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, and finally make a trip to Ruins of Amitory Village.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Nakijin-son to Iriomote-jima takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Nakijin-son in January, Iriomote-jima is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jan 30 — 31:
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Heritiera Littoralis Tree of Nakama River ©
Heritiera Littoralis Tree of Nakama River
Mizuochi Falls ©
Mizuochi Falls

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, then visit Taketomi Submarine Hot Spring, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, steep yourself in history at Tojinbaka, then see the sky in a new way at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan-Vera Ishigaki Island Observatory Station, and finally look for gifts at Yurateiku Market.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki online travel route planner.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. January in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:
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Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Yurateiku Market ©
Yurateiku Market
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi ©
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): go for a walk through Nishihenna Cape, stroll around Hika Road Park, then head outdoors with Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House, and finally make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Sea Sky Hakuai, identify plant and animal life at Yabiji, and then take some stellar pictures from Shimojishima Airport RW17 End.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 5:
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Nishihenna Cape ©
Nishihenna Cape
Hika Road Park ©
Hika Road Park

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