22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Hobart
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Miyakojima
— 1 night
ferry:  4​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  9​h
4
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 15​min
5
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
7
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
+3
train + taxi + Fly + train:  8​h
8
Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Hobart

1
night
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Kouri Island, and then take in the views from Kurima Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunayama Beach, then snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, and finally step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip planner .

Hobart, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Hobart in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Miyakojima, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Shimojiiima Island ©
Shimojiiima Island

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Iriomote Island and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Nakama-river Protected Region. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Funauki Village, take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakano Beach, and contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima journey planner.

Traveling by ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 4 hours. In January in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki online road trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

1
night
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho road trip planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Yakushima-cho by combination of flight, ferry, and car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. In January, Yakushima-cho is a bit cooler than Ishigaki - with highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley

1
night
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai, take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, then take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at Amanoyasu Kawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, then identify plant and animal life at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, and finally examine the collection at Seiwa Bunraku Museum.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho travel route planner.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Yakushima-cho in January, with highs in Takachiho-cho at 10°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Seiwa Bunraku Museum
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tofuku-ji Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasaka Shrine, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip site .

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Kyoto by combination of bus, flight, and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

2
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden and then take in the awesome beauty at Kashimayarigatake.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hakuba-mura trip planning app .

Drive from Kyoto to Hakuba-mura in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in January: high temperatures in Hakuba-mura hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Kashimayarigatake
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Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Hakuba Jump Arena ©
Hakuba Jump Arena
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden ©

4
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Get in touch with nature at Rusutsu Resort Ski and Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hanazono Niseko Resort and Niseko Outdoor Center. Get out of town with these interesting Kutchan-cho side-trips: Utasai Beech Forests (in Kuromatsunai-cho), Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho). There's more to do: explore the activities along Lake Toya and get outside with Hokkaido Backcountry Club.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kutchan-cho online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of train, taxi, and flight from Hakuba-mura to Kutchan-cho takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, train, tram, and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, train, bus, and flight. When traveling from Hakuba-mura in January, plan for little chillier days in Kutchan-cho, with highs around -3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko-cho, Rusutsu Resort Ski, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Utasai Beech Forests, Lake Toya
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski

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