27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Singapore
Fly + Drive:  15 h 45 min
1
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4 h
2
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Nakatsugawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: Singapore

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): make a trip to Sakishimasuonoki Gunraku, identify plant and animal life at Nakama-river Protected Region, thencontemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi, and finally head outdoors with Haemida Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, thenhead outdoors with Todomari Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Shirahama Port.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima route planning tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Iriomote-jima is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Iriomote-jima is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Iriomote-jima to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Shirahama Port ©
Shirahama Port

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 Sunayama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Yukishio Museum and Underground Dam Museum. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tomb of Chirimaya Tuimiya, get outside with Nagamahama Beach Coast, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine.

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

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
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Miyako Shrine ©
Miyako Shrine
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Tomori Imugya Beach ©
Tomori Imugya Beach

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.
On the 7th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkoinari Shrine, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kameyama Shrine, thensee the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima attractions tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hiroshima in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. While traveling from Miyakojima, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Hiroshima, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trip

Kure
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Peace Flame ©
Peace Flame

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nanzen-ji Temple and Ninna-ji Temple. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, wander the streets of Pontocho District, visit Gion, and steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nigatsu-do Temple, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Stone Pavement In Ochiai, take an in-depth tour of Toson Memorial Museum, thentrek along Nakasendo Magome-juku, thenget engrossed in the history at Shimizuya Shiryokan, and finally engage your brain at Nakatsugawa Mineral Museum. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Nakatsugawa Naegi Toyama Shiryokan, examine the collection at Stone Museum, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at Kur Resort Yubunesawa.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nakatsugawa road trip website.

Getting from Kyoto to Nakatsugawa by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in December, expect nights in Nakatsugawa to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Museums Spas Baths
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Toson Memorial Museum ©
Toson Memorial Museum
Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku
Shimizuya Shiryokan ©
Shimizuya Shiryokan

2
nights
Takayama

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 16th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thenexamine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), thenmake a trip to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, thenvisit Sanmachi Suji, thensee the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Takayama City Hall.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Takayama travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nakatsugawa to Takayama in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Wineries
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

2
nights
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
On the 18th (Fri), take a stroll through Ogimachi, contemplate the long history of Shirakawago Gassho Culture Hall (Old Matsui Family House), thensee the interesting displays at Shirakawa Hachiman Shrine Festival Hall, and finally take an in-depth tour of MIBORO Dam Side Park MIBORO Electricity Museum/Shokawa Zakura Memorial. On the next day, snap pictures at Deai Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, contemplate the long history of Wada House, thencontemplate the long history of Nagase house, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Shirakawa-mura day trip planning website.

You can drive from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Shirakawa-mura sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawago Gassho Culture Hall (Old Matsui Family House)
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Wada House ©
Wada House

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Natadera Temple and Ishikawa Aviation Plaza. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum and Higashichaya Old Town. Change things up with a short trip to Motorcar Museum of Japan in Komatsu (about 56 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Gyokusen-immaru Garden, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle Hashizume Gate Tsuzukiyagura.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa visit planning tool.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Komatsu
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Dolls Museum ©
Dolls Museum
Ishikawa Aviation Plaza ©
Ishikawa Aviation Plaza
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kencho-ji Temple and Nezu Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Kichijoji and Yanaka District. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)). Next up on the itinerary: visit Odaiba District, wander the streets of Shimokitazawa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Kichijoji
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Ueno District ©
Ueno District
Yanaka District ©
Yanaka District

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