43 days in Japan Itinerary

43 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
2
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
3
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5 h 15 min
4
Kunigami-son
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Onna-son
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Ferry + Drive:  7 h 15 min
7
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
8
Kochi
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  6 h 45 min
9
Nachikatsura-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
10
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
11
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h
12
Kutchan-cho
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Tel Aviv

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pinaisara Falls and Sotobanare Minami. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Todomari Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Kanpiree Waterfall, step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, and kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip planning tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Iriomote-jima is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Iriomote-jima due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Iriomote-jima, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River and Nosoko Mape. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, get outside with Kaiji Beach, walk around Kabira Park, and appreciate the history behind Yoko Gushiken Monument.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki road trip app.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In December in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yurateiku Market ©
Yurateiku Market
Kaiji Beach ©
Kaiji Beach

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Toguchi no Hama and Ikema-jima Island. Shop till you drop at Atarasu Ichiba and Furusato. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Nishihenna Cape, pick up some local products at Wide Market, stroll around Imugya Marine Garden, and kick back and relax at Shigira Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Miyakojima using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kunigami-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

1
night
Kunigami-son

Kunigami-son ©
Although the village of Kunigami-son spreads across a large area, it remains sparsely populated, with lots of wild land protected from development.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Hiji Waterfall, thenkick back and relax at Okuma Beach, thentake in the awesome beauty at Daisekirinzan, and finally take some stellar pictures from Cape Hedo.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Kunigami-son holiday app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Miyakojima to Kunigami-son. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kunigami-son when traveling from Miyakojima in January, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Onna-son.

Things to do in Kunigami-son

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
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Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan
Okuma Beach ©
Okuma Beach
Hiji Waterfall ©
Hiji Waterfall

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aeon Naha Shopping Center and Tropical Dream Center. For shopping fun, head to Ashibina Outlet Mall or AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM. Venture out of the city with trips to Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son), Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, &more) and Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri & Okinawa Peace Memorial Park). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, step into the grandiose world of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Onna-son trip simple and quick.

Drive from Kunigami-son to Onna-son in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Onna-son can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Itoman, Nanjo, Naha, Kitanakagusuku-son
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM ©
AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM
Ashibina Outlet Mall ©
Ashibina Outlet Mall

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Taikoiwa and Sandaisugi. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Yakushima Local Produce Processing and Marketing Center, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land, take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, and identify plant and animal life at Anbo River.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Onna-son in January, things will get slightly colder in Yakushima-cho: highs are around 17°C and lows about 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

3
nights
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.
Head to Takachiho Gamadase Market and Michi-no-Eki Takachihofor some retail therapy. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kunimigaoka and Kikuchi Gorge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takachiho-cho: Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura) and Aso (Kusasenrigahama & Daikanbo). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho road trip tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Yakushima-cho in January; daily highs in Takachiho-cho reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Shirakawa Springs, Mt. Aso, Kikuchi Gorge
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Michi-no-Eki Takachiho ©
Michi-no-Eki Takachiho
Takachiho Gamadase Market ©
Takachiho Gamadase Market

4
nights
Kochi

Kochi
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sunday Market and Muroto Cape. Do your shopping at Nahari Station Market Ichijiku and Honiya Kochi Honten. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kochi: Kotohira-gu (in Kotohira-cho), Zentsu-ji Temple (in Zentsuji) and Miyoshi (Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge & Iya Kazura Bridge). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, kick back and relax at Katsura Hama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, and head outdoors with Mikurodo.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kochi travel tool.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Kochi by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and train. January in Kochi sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Muroto, Miyoshi, Kotohira-gu, Zentsu-ji Temple, Nahari Station Market Ichijiku
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Sunday Market
Sunday Market
Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden ©

3
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seigantoji Temple and Daimonzaka. Explore Nachikatsura-cho's surroundings by going to Hashigui Rock (in Kushimoto-cho), Onigajo (in Kumano) and Shingu (Shingu Inosawa Ukijima Plant Community, Kushima-Suzushima, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, examine the collection at Taiji Whale Museum, stop by Michi-no-Eki Nachi, and admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Kochi to Nachikatsura-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Nachikatsura-cho, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock, Onigajo, Taiji Whale Museum
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Michi-no-Eki Nachi ©
Michi-no-Eki Nachi
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Head to Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center and Onoya Breweryfor plenty of shopping. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gokayama and Gyokusen-immaru Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House & Tenshukakau Observatory) and Takayama (Higashiyama Walking Course & Takayama Jinya). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kanazawa Castle Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and step into the grandiose world of Maruoka Castle.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa road trip planning app.

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in January, things will get little chillier in Kanazawa: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nozawa Onsen and Happoone. Explore Nozawaonsen-mura's surroundings by going to Hakuba-mura (Hakuba Jump Arena, Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, &more), Togakushi Shrine Okusha (in Nagano) and Obuse-machi (Hokusai-kan & Ganshoin Temple). There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area and get outside with Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nozawaonsen-mura online trip maker.

Drive from Kanazawa to Nozawaonsen-mura in 4 hours. Traveling from Kanazawa in January, things will get little chillier in Nozawaonsen-mura: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura, Yamanouchi-machi, Obuse-machi, Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen
Hakuba ©
Hakuba
Hokusai-kan ©
Hokusai-kan

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nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Head to Sankaku Market and Michi-no-Eki Meisui no Sato Kyogokufor some retail therapy. Explore hidden gems such as Oyunuma and Fukidashi Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kutchan-cho: Otaru Aquarium (in Otaru), Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Niseko Hanazono Resort, take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, get outside with Rusutsu Resort Ski, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Noboribetsu Bear Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kutchan-cho vacation builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nozawaonsen-mura to Kutchan-cho. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nozawaonsen-mura in January: highs in Kutchan-cho hover around -3°C, while lows dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Otaru, Kyogoku-cho, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Sankaku Market ©
Sankaku Market
Oyunuma ©
Oyunuma

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