23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Brisbane
Fly + Drive:  16 h 45 min
1
Nakijin-son
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  45 min
3
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
7
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
9
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
10
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
11
Kanazawa
— 1 night
+3
Train + Foot + Train + Fly:  15 h
End: Brisbane

1
night
Nakijin-son

Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater and then don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, thentake a memorable tour with Tours, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Nakijin-son trip website.

Brisbane, Australia to Nakijin-son is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Nakijin-son. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in December, with highs in Nakijin-son at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Onna-son, Okichan Theater
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

2
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 12th (Wed): head outdoors with Yonaha Maehama Beach, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and then hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, thenhead off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, and finally explore the activities along Toriike Pond.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima road trip app.

You can fly from Nakijin-son to Miyakojima in 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Miyakojima when traveling from Nakijin-son in December, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Shimojiiima Island ©
Shimojiiima 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 14th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, get outside with Yonehara Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yurateiku Market ©
Yurateiku Market
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 16th (Sun), appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, thenadmire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, thensee the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, and finally examine the collection at Yamato Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, and then take in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in December, expect Hiroshima to be cooler, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kure, Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street ©
Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

2
nights
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.
On the 18th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yasaka Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Tofuku-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Byodoin.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Byodoin
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
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Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Toji ©
Toji

2
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.
On the 20th (Thu), get a taste of the local shopping with Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street, thenwander the streets of Midosuji Street, thenget a taste of the local shopping with Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street, and finally wander the streets of Minami (Namba). Here are some ideas for day two: soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and then stop by Kobe Harborland.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Baths

Side Trip

Kobe
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Midosuji Street ©
Midosuji Street
Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street ©
Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street

2
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take a stroll through Motomachi, thensteep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, thenstop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and finally hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): ski along the peaceful trails at Hakodate Nanae Snow Park.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hakodate attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Hakodate takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December, Hakodate is a bit cooler than Osaka - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Hakodate Nanae Snow Park
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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Hakodate Nanae Snow Park ©
Hakodate Nanae Snow Park
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
On the 24th (Mon), wander the streets of Omotesando, admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, and then wander the streets of Yokohama Minato Mirai 21. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, thenbuy something for everyone on your list at TOKYO Solamachi, thenbuy something for everyone on your list at Ikspiari, and finally see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker tool.

You can fly from Hakodate to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Hakodate in December, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Ikspiari, Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Ikspiari ©
Ikspiari

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 26th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and then stop by Hakuba Jump Arena. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden and then take in the awesome beauty at Kashimayarigatake.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakuba-mura trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in December, things will get little chillier in Hakuba-mura: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Kashimayarigatake
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Hakuba Jump Arena ©
Hakuba Jump Arena
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden ©
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, thenexamine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, thensteep yourself in history at Wada House, and finally take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and then indulge your taste buds at Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip planner.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Takayama in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Wada House ©
Wada House
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, thencontemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, thentake a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Ninja Temple ©
Ninja Temple
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum

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