17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
4
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tamatorizaki Observatory and Kondoi Beach. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, make a trip to Euglena Mall, and take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki online day trip planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Ishigaki is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bangkok in January, with highs in Ishigaki at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

2
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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): get outside with Ida no Hama Beach, thenkick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

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

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ikema Ohashi Bridge and Ikema-jima Island. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima online travel planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Miyakojima are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi

2
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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 18th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, head outdoors with Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, thenhead outdoors with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, thenfly down the slopes at Hakuba, and finally fly down the slopes at Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Happoone, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hakuba-mura online journey builder.

Traveling by combination of flight, tram, train, and shuttle from Miyakojima to Hakuba-mura takes 8.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in January, expect Hakuba-mura to be much colder, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort, Togakushi Shrine Okusha
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Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden ©
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden

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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.
On the 20th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, thenmake a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and then take a stroll through Odaiba District.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online visit planner.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakuba-mura in January: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ise Shrine Geku and Oharai-machi. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Toba Aquarium (in Toba). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip builder app.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ise, Universal Studios Japan, Toba Aquarium
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi

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