53 days in Japan Itinerary

53 days in Japan Itinerary

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Miyakojima
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
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Ise
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Ito
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Nikko
— 3 nights
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Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
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Kunigami-son
— 2 nights
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Naha
— 4 nights

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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 Toguchi no Hama and Sawada no hama Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Harimizu Utaki. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Yabiji, head off the coast to Ikema-jima Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, and take in the pleasant sights at Nishihenna Cape.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima visit site.

Singapore, Singapore to Miyakojima is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Miyakojima is 1 hour. In December, Miyakojima is a bit cooler than Singapore - with highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:
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Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Yabiji
Yabiji
Painagama Beach ©
Painagama Beach

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nakamoto Beach and Tumal Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hairumubushi Beach and Island Countryside Settlement. Venture out of the city with trips to Ubutaki Lookouts (in Kohama-jima) and Kuro-shima (Iko Pier & Kuroshima V-Gorge). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, take in the pleasant sights at Cape Ongazaki, and get outside with Kaiji Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip builder.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In December in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 19:
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Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step out of the city life by going to Pinaisara Falls and Ida no Hama Beach. Relax by the water at Haemida Beach and Hoshisuna Beach. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Kanpiree Waterfall, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Komi.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima tour itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center
Barasu Island ©
Barasu Island

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Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): make a trip to Daimonzaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and train from Iriomote-jima to Nachikatsura-cho in 10.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Iriomote-jima in December; daily highs in Nachikatsura-cho reach 14°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Spas · Baths
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Meotoiwa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, then meet the residents at Toba Aquarium, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ise trip maker tool.

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in December, expect nights in Ise to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Futami Okitama Shrine ©
Futami Okitama Shrine
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Toshodai-ji Temple and Chion-in Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mt. Wakakusa and Sagano. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Koyasan Okunoin, &more), Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Kofuku-ji Temple) and Byodoin (in Uji). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, stop by Pontocho District, find something for the whole family at Amanohashidate View Land, and steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Ise to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ise in December since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Ito.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Mt. Wakakusa ©
Mt. Wakakusa

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Ito

Ito ©
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Jogasaki Coast. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiunkaku and Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Ito side-trips: Shiraito Falls (in Fujinomiya), Izusan Jinja Shrine (in Atami) and Satta-toge Pass (in Shizuoka). There's still lots to do: get outside with Tatadohama Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Shirahama Beach, kick back and relax at Yumigahama Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ito trip planning website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Ito in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in January since evenings lows in Ito dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ito

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:
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Jogasaki Coast ©
Jogasaki Coast
Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach
Shirahama Beach ©
Shirahama Beach

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at teamLab☆Planets and Kashima Jingu. You'll discover tucked-away gems like University of Tokyo and Oarai Isosaki Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai), Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Kencho-ji Temple) and Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Kagurazaka, steep yourself in history at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Mori Art Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills).

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Ito to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Ito in January, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:
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Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
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teamLab☆Planets

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Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yomeimon (Main Gate) and Senjogahara Field. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nikko Station and Yunoko Lake. Spend the 14th (Thu) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. The adventure continues: go for a walk through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nikko trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in January, you will find days in Nikko are slightly colder (7°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Yudaki Falls ©
Yudaki Falls
Yunoko Lake ©
Yunoko Lake
Yomeimon (Main Gate) ©
Yomeimon (Main Gate)

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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 15th (Fri): hit the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, then take a stroll through Hakuba, and finally hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakuba-mura road trip website.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Hakuba-mura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nikko in January, things will get slightly colder in Hakuba-mura: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park ©
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park
Hakuba ©
Hakuba
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden ©
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Get some cultural insight at The Hokkaido University Museum and Hokkaido Jingu. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort and Furano Ski Resort. Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum (in Asahikawa), Ningle Terrace (in Furano) and Royce' Chocolate World (in Chitose). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, explore the activities along Moerenuma Park, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and stroll through Okurayama Lookout.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo journey planner.

Fly from Hakuba-mura to Sapporo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Hakuba-mura in January, you will find days in Sapporo are little chillier (-3°C), and nights are about the same (-6°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort ©
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum
Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort

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Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Step out of the city life by going to Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area and Rusutsu Resort Ski. Step off the beaten path and head to Niseko Village Ski Resort and Fukidashi Park. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kutchan-cho trip builder website.

You can drive from Sapporo to Kutchan-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Kutchan-cho are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kunigami-son.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski

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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 24th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Okinawa Ishi no Bunka Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Daisekirinzan, get great views at Cape Hedo, then see the interesting displays at Yambaru Wildlife Center Ufugi Nature Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Okushuraku. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Uzahama Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Yonahadake, then admire the sheer force of Hiji Waterfall, then enjoy the sand and surf at Okuma Beach, and finally examine the collection at Ogimi Village Bashofu Hall.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kunigami-son day trip planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Kutchan-cho to Kunigami-son with the Route module. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Kutchan-cho in January; daily highs in Kunigami-son reach 22°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Naha.

Things to do in Kunigami-son

Parks · Nature · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Okuma Beach ©
Okuma Beach
Hiji Waterfall ©
Hiji Waterfall
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan

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Naha

Naha ©

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Get outdoors at Valley of Gangala and Street Kart Okinawa. Do some cultural sightseeing at Himeyuri Peace Museum and Katsuren Castle Ruins. Venture out of the city with trips to Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, &more), Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Onna-son). And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri, don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fukushu-en Garden.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Naha day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kunigami-son to Naha takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Kunigami-son in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Naha, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Himeyuri Peace Museum ©
Himeyuri Peace Museum
Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum ©
Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

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