32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  13 h 45 min
1
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h
4
Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Fly + Bus + Train:  7 h 15 min
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Ise
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Taxi:  6 h
7
Onna-son
— 3 nights
+5
Bus + Train + Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  5 h 30 min
8
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
9
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
10
Miyakojima
— 6 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get outdoors at Pola Museum of Art and Lake Tanuki. Appreciate the collections at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum and Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Mishima Taisha (in Mishima), Satta-toge Pass (in Shizuoka) and Fujinomiya (Shiraito Falls & Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, and make a trip to Chureito Pagoda.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Hakone-machi is an approximately 14- hour combination of flight, train, and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Hakone-machi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in January, things will get cooler in Hakone-machi: highs are around 5°C and lows about 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Fujinomiya, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Mishima Taisha, Satta-toge Pass
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
Mishima Taisha ©
Mishima Taisha

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.
On the 11th (Wed), fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, wander the streets of Hakuba, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Happoone, and finally fly down the slopes at Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, then explore the activities along Happo Pond, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kagami, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Hakuba-mura online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Hakuba-mura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Hakuba-mura when traveling from Hakone-machi in January, with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nagano, Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park ©
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Hakuba ©
Hakuba

2
nights
Nozawaonsen-mura

Nozawaonsen-mura ©
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
On the 13th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Ichinose Family Ski Resort, then get outside with Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Nozawa Onsen, and finally fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Sakae Club Ski Area, then hit the slopes at Yamase Onsen Ski Area, then stop by Hokusai-kan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganshoin Temple.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nozawaonsen-mura trip planner.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Nozawaonsen-mura in 2 hours. January in Nozawaonsen-mura sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Obuse-machi, Sakae Club Ski Area
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort

3
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Get outdoors at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Niseko Hanazono Resort. Explore hidden gems such as Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area and Iwanaicho Folk Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kutchan-cho: Niseko Village Ski Resort (in Niseko-cho), Shinsennuma (in Kyowa-cho) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Toya, explore the striking landscape at Cape Kamui, enjoy the sand and surf at Shimamu Beach, and stroll around Fukidashi Park.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kutchan-cho itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nozawaonsen-mura to Kutchan-cho. While traveling from Nozawaonsen-mura, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kutchan-cho, ranging from highs of -3°C to lows of -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko-cho, Shakotan-cho, Lake Toya, Iwanaicho Folk Museum, Fukidashi Park
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Let the collections at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Takayama Showa Museum capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Gokayama. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Takayama (Wine Tours & Tastings, Takayama Jinya, &more), Shirakawa-mura (Kanda house, Wada House, &more) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine, browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Kutchan-cho to Kanazawa in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Kanazawa: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Gokayama, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course

2
nights
Ise

Ise ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, stop by Maruten, don't miss a visit to Oharai-machi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, then browse the different shops at Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium (Ise Sea Paradise), and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ise trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Ise in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ise, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Toba Aquarium
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Futami Okitama Shrine ©
Futami Okitama Shrine
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

3
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Get some historical perspective at Nakijin Castle Ruins and Katsuren Castle Ruins. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and Himeyuri Peace Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Onna-son side-trips: Kouri Beach (in Nakijin-son), AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM (in Kitanakagusuku-son) and Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater & Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Onna-son travel route planner.

Getting from Ise to Onna-son by combination of train, flight, and taxi takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ise in January, with highs in Onna-son at 22°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Itoman, Nakijin-son, Motobu-cho, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, Sefa-Utaki
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Onna Station Nakayukui Market ©
Onna Station Nakayukui Market
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 28th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip tool.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima in 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Iriomote-jima when traveling from Onna-son in January, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki. Step out of the city life by going to Kondoi Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and stop by Yurateiku Market.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki holiday planner.

You can 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 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get in touch with nature at Sunayama Beach and Shimojiiima Island. Head to Furusato and Atarasu Ichibafor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and head outdoors with Toguchi no Hama.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. February in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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