27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nakatsugawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly

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Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
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, then contemplate 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, then head 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 36-hour travel. 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 travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
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 Miyako Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Yukishio Museum and Nakasone Toyumya Tomb. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, see the interesting displays at Miyakojima City Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harimizu Utaki, and head outdoors with Nagamahama Beach Coast.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 5.5 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

Outdoors · Beaches · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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, then take 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, then see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, then steep 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

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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 Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Gion, and contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:

Nakatsugawa

— 2 nights
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, then trek along Nakasendo Magome-juku, then get 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 · Theme Parks · Baths
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

Takayama

— 2 nights
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, then examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then make 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, then visit Sanmachi Suji, then see 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 · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Shirakawa-mura

— 2 nights
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), then see 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, then contemplate 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

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Natadera Temple and Ishikawa Aviation Plaza. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum and Higashichaya Old Town. Step out of Kanazawa with an excursion to Motorcar Museum of Japan in Komatsu--about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: go for a walk through Gyokusen-immaru Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudosonkorin Temple, and explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum.

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Drive from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

Tokyo

— 5 nights
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 Asakusa Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Nezu Shrine and Odaiba District. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)) and Kichijoji (in Musashino). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanda Myojin, stop by Yanaka District, take a stroll through Ueno District, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tokyo route builder site.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Tokyo are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:

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.

Gifu Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Gifu Prefecture is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of central Japan. Its capital is the city of Gifu.Located in the center of Japan, it has long played an important part as the crossroads of Japan, connecting the east to the west through such routes as the Nakasendō. During the Sengoku period, many people referred to Gifu by saying, "control Gifu and you control Japan."HistoryThe land area that makes up modern-day Gifu became part of the Yamato Court around the middle of the fourth century. Because it is in the middle of the island of Honshū, it has been the site of many decisive battles throughout Japan's history, the oldest major one being the Jinshin War in 672, which led to the establishment of Emperor Tenmu as the 40th emperor of Japan.The area of Gifu Prefecture consists of the old provinces of Hida and Mino, as well as smaller parts of Echizen and Shinano. The name of the prefecture derives from its capital city, Gifu, which was named by Oda Nobunaga during his campaign to unify all of Japan in 1567. The first character used comes from Qishan (岐山), a legendary mountain from which most of China was unified, whereas the second character comes from Qufu (曲阜), the birthplace of Confucius. Nobunaga chose those characters because he wanted to unify all of Japan and he wanted to be viewed as a great mind.

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