35 days in Japan & Ios Itinerary

35 days in Japan & Ios Itinerary

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Start: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kanazawa, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Nagoya, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  6 h 45 min
6
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
7
Ishigaki, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Kadena-cho, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Motobu-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  27 h
10
Ios, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

5
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see reviews and tourist information, use the Tokyo online holiday planner.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Playa del Carmen to Tokyo. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Playa del Carmen in January, with highs in Tokyo at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online travel planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: highs in Kanazawa hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

3
nights
Nagoya, Japan

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ise (Kumihimo Hirai, Okageza, &more) and Spas (in Kuwana). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, steep yourself in history at Seinan Sumiyagura, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Nagoya trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Spas
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:
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Walking tours
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Jishu Shrine (in Otsu) and Sunset Owl Cafe (in Sennichimae). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Jishu Shrine
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

3
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Paddle Park, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, enjoy some diversion at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

2
nights
Iriomote-jima, Japan

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Nakama-river Protected Region, thenadmire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours, thenstep off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Iriomote-jima tour builder website.

Getting from Hiroshima to Iriomote-jima by combination of train and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in February, expect Iriomote-jima to be much hotter, temps between 25°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

3
nights
Ishigaki, Japan

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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki online tour itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. February in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kadena-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Tours Adventure
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal ©
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal

1
night
Kadena-cho, Japan

On the 13th (Sat), get interesting insight from Tours.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kadena-cho tour planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ishigaki to Kadena-cho. Traveling from Ishigaki in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kadena-cho, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kadena-cho

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Motobu-cho, Japan

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Get out of town with these interesting Motobu-cho side-trips: Ishiyama Viewing Platform (in Ogimi-son), Nakijin-son (Kouri Ohashi & Kouri Ocean Tower) and Onna-son (Cape Manzamo, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, &more). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and meet the residents at Okichan Theater.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Motobu-cho road trip planning tool.

Getting from Kadena-cho to Motobu-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. February in Motobu-cho sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ios.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Onna-son, Ishiyama Viewing Platform, Okuma Beach
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi

4
nights
Ios, Greece

Ios ©
Halfway between Naxos and Santorini lies tiny Ios, famous worldwide as one of the Aegean's liveliest nightlife hubs.
Step out of Ios with an excursion to The Virgin Pandohara Elytis in Sikinos--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Manganari Beach, stroll through Kolitsani Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Agia Irini, and head outdoors with Yialos Watersports.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ios day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Ios takes 26 hours. Traveling from Motobu-cho to Ios, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Motobu-cho, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ios, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ios

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

The Virgin Pandohara Elytis
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Kolitsani Beach ©
Kolitsani Beach
Manganari Beach ©
Manganari Beach
Ag. Theodoti Beach
Ag. Theodoti Beach

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