21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
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Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Toyama Airport, Drive to Nozawaonsen-mura
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 1 night
Drive
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
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Bus to Nagano, Train to Hamamatsucho, Tram to Tokyo Haneda, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Okinawa
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Onna-son
— 4 nights
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Kutchan-cho

— 3 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Get in touch with nature at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rusutsu Resort Ski and Niseko Hanazono Resort. Change things up with a short trip to Onsen Resorts in Rankoshi-cho (about 40 minutes away). It doesn't end there: get outside with Iwaonupuri and walk around Fukidashi Park.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kutchan-cho trip itinerary website.

Brussels, Belgium to Kutchan-cho is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Brussels in January; daily highs in Kutchan-cho reach -3°C and lows reach -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:

Nozawaonsen-mura

— 1 night
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen and then hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Kutchan-cho to Nozawaonsen-mura. When traveling from Kutchan-cho in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nozawaonsen-mura, with highs around 4°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 4:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 1 night
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Ichinose Family Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, fly down the slopes at Giant Ski Resort, then get outside with Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi day trip planning website.

You can drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Yamanouchi-machi in 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 5:

Hakuba-mura

— 2 nights
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 6th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Happoone, fly down the slopes at Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort, wander the streets of Hakuba, then fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, and finally visit Hakuba Jump Arena. On the next day, explore the activities along Happo Pond, then hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, and then hit the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hakuba-mura trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Hakuba-mura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kouri Island and Ikema Ohashi Bridge. Step out of the city life by going to Shimojiiima Island and Ikema-jima Island. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, identify plant and animal life at Yabiji, and head outdoors with Toguchi no Hama.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of bus, train, tram, and flight from Hakuba-mura to Miyakojima takes 8.5 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Hakuba-mura in February, with highs in Miyakojima at 24°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 10:

Ishigaki

— 3 nights
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.
Visiting Kondoi Beach and Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tamatorizaki Observatory and Banna Park. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, and kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary app.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. February in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 13:

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get outside with Ida no Hama Beach, then head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary maker website.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 2 hours. February in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:

Onna-son

— 4 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Daisekirinzan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Valley of Gangala and Nakijin Castle Ruins. Venture out of the city with trips to Kunigami-son (Cape Hedo & Uzahama Beach), Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman) and Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park & Okichan Theater). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, get outside with Manza Beach, contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, and look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son takes 7 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Onna-son when traveling from Iriomote-jima in February, with lows around 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.