26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Rosario
Fly:  38​h
1
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  45​min
2
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Kochi
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
4
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
5
Matsue
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + train:  3​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Hakodate
— 4 nights
Fly:  37​h
End: Rosario

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.
For shopping fun, head to Yurateiku Market or Nanapito Hompo. Get a sense of the local culture at Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Yaima Village. Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, stop by Pinion Direct Shop, and stroll through Yonehara Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki attractions planner .

Rosario, Argentina to Ishigaki is an approximately 38-hour flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Rosario to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rosario in December, expect nights in Ishigaki to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

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 15th (Sat): stroll through Sunayama Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach, and then hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Irabu Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip itinerary maker app .

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in an hour. December in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, hunt for treasures at Sunday Market, then look for gifts at Tosa Select Shop Tencosu, and finally stop by Hirome Ichiba. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple, then explore the activities along Katsurahama Beach, then stop by Kure Taisho-machi Market, and finally look for gifts at Imoya Kinjiro Hidaka Honten.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kochi online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Kochi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Miyakojima, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Kochi, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kochi

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Imoya Kinjiro Hidaka Honten, Kure Taisho-machi Market
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Hirome Ichiba ©
Hirome Ichiba
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kochi to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. Traveling from Kochi in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 12°C in Yakushima-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley

1
night
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 21st (Fri): explore the activities along Shinji Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tamatsukuriyu Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, and finally steep yourself in history at The Mizuki Shigeru Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Matsue Castle, admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, and finally take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Matsue trip itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Matsue in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in December, things will get a bit cooler in Matsue: highs are around 11°C and lows about 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Izumo, Shinji Lake, Adachi Museum of Art, The Mizuki Shigeru Road
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Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Dotonbori. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, and take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyoto route builder site .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Matsue to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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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
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): head outdoors with Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, then contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, then look for gifts at Koshiyama Kanseido Honten, and finally stop by Sakuda Gold and Silver Leaf Shop.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip app .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Ninja Temple ©
Ninja Temple

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Minato Mirai 21 and Ikspiari. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Sankeien Gardens in Yokohama, approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Ginza, get a taste of the local shopping with Harajuku Takeshita-dori, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and browse the different shops at Diver City Tokyo Plaza.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Tokyo are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Yokohama, Ikspiari
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

4
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and Motomachi. Step out of the city life by going to Onuma Park Walking Path and Mount Hakodate. Change things up with a short trip to Hakodate Nanae Snow Park in Nanae-cho (about 52 minutes away). There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, pause for some serene contemplation at Motomachi Catholic Church, look for gifts at Hakodate Tsutaya Books, and contemplate the long history of Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Hakodate takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect Hakodate to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Winter Sports

Side Trip

Nanae-cho
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

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