26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Naha
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h
4
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 45​min
5
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Ise
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
8
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
9
Matsue
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
10
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Houston

1
night
Naha

Naha ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Haebaru Town Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala.

To find out how to plan a trip to Naha, use our trip itinerary maker.

Houston, USA to Naha is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Naha is 15 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Naha when traveling from Houston in January, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Itoman, Nanjo, Haebaru Town Museum, Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:
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Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

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.
On the 27th (Mon), kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then walk around Banna Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by flight from Naha to Ishigaki takes 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Funauki Village will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Iriomote Island and Kayaking & Canoeing. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Nakama-river Protected Region, admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, and contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima day trip site .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, then snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach. Keep things going the next day: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima day trip website .

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in January, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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 3rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock, then explore the activities along Nachi Forest, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Nachikatsura-cho in 7 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Miyakojima in February, with highs in Nachikatsura-cho at 51°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ise Shrine Geku and Sarutahiko Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Oharai-machi and Hinjitsukan. Step out of Ise with an excursion to Takinomiya in Taiki-cho--about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Saiku Histrical Museum, contemplate the long history of Aramatsurinomiya, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ise road trip planning site .

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in February, expect nights in Ise to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are slightly colder, around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Meiwa-cho, Takinomiya, Toba Aquarium
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tofuku-ji Temple and Chion-in Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Osaka Castle, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

Make your Kyoto itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Ise to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ise in February since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka Castle
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 10:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kure, Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Adachi Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Mizuki Shigeru Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miho Shrine. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sada Shrine, get answers to all your questions at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, then make a trip to Former Taisha Station, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tamatsukuriyu Shrine.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Matsue trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Hiroshima to Matsue by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In February in Matsue, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Mizuki Shigeru Museum, Adachi Museum of Art
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

3
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sensō-ji and Odaiba. Get some historical perspective at Tokyo National Museum and Imperial Palace. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka, approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel route planner .

Getting from Matsue to Tokyo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

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