32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ise
— 1 night
2
Tanabe
— 2 nights
3
Matsue
— 2 nights
4
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
5
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
6
Shinkamigoto-cho
— 1 night
7
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
8
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
9
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
10
Hakodate
— 1 night
11
Kanazawa
— 6 nights

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, thendon't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, thencontemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate the long history of Hinjitsukan, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, thenstep off the mainland to explore Mikimoto Pearl Island, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinmei Shrine.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ise attractions planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Ise is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 12 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, with highs in Ise at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tanabe.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Toba
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Futami Okitama Shrine ©
Futami Okitama Shrine

2
nights
Tanabe

Tanabe ©
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at Adventure World and then kick back and relax at Shirarahama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Toretore Market Nanki Shirahama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyunohara, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Oyunohara - Original Kumano Hongu Taisha Site.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tanabe trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ise to Tanabe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Tanabe, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Shirahama-cho
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Oyunohara ©
Oyunohara
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, make a trip to The Mizuki Shigeru Road, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miho Shrine, and finally step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sada Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Izumotaisha mae Station, thencontemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tamatsukuriyu Shrine.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Matsue vacation planner.

Getting from Tanabe to Matsue by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tanabe in January: high temperatures in Matsue hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art, The Mizuki Shigeru Road
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station
Miho Shrine ©
Miho Shrine
Sada Shrine ©
Sada Shrine

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nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, don't miss a visit to Sengan-en, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Kagoshima City Aquarium. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, buy something for everyone on your list at AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA, thenbrush up on your military savvy at Chiran Peace Museum, and finally make a trip to Chiran Samurai Residence Garden.

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Do a combination of flight and train from Matsue to Kagoshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. January in Kagoshima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Minamikyushu
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Chiran Samurai Residence Garden ©
Chiran Samurai Residence Garden
Museum of the Meiji Restoration ©
Museum of the Meiji Restoration

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Taikoiwa and Kosugidani Bridge. Spend the 7th (Mon) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Anbo River, don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, stroll through Sandaisugi, and explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Yakushima-cho online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Kagoshima in January, things will get a bit warmer in Yakushima-cho: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Shinkamigoto-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

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night
Shinkamigoto-cho

Shinkamigoto-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Doinoura Church, contemplate the long history of Christian Cave, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Church, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Fukumi Catholic Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nakanoura Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashigarashima Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Chuchi Catholic Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Aosagaura Church, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Oso Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Matenoura Catholic Church.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Shinkamigoto-cho online route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yakushima-cho to Shinkamigoto-cho. When traveling from Yakushima-cho in January, plan for slightly colder days in Shinkamigoto-cho, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Shinkamigoto-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Aosagaura Church ©
Aosagaura Church
Fukumi Catholic Church ©
Fukumi Catholic Church

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Nishihenna Cape, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and take in the views from Kurima Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip maker website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Shinkamigoto-cho to Miyakojima. While traveling from Shinkamigoto-cho, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Miyakojima, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, thentake an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, thentake in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, thenkick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Ishigaki Yaima Village ©
Ishigaki Yaima Village

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, thenmake a trip to Funauki Village, and then contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima driving holiday planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center
Wasurenaishi ©
Wasurenaishi

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappistine Monasteries, get to know the fascinating history of Onuma Park Walking Path, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Motomachi Catholic Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, get engrossed in the history at Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples, steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, thenmake a trip to Hachimanzaka, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Iriomote-jima to Hakodate takes 9.5 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Iriomote-jima in January, with highs in Hakodate at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Motomachi Catholic Church ©
Motomachi Catholic Church
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path

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nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ainokura Gassho Community and Suganuma Gassho Community. Step off the beaten path and head to Natadera Temple and Gokayama. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Fukui (Ichijodani Asakurashi Ruin & Suwa Yakata Remains Garden). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kanda house, step into the grandiose world of Maruoka Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Shofukaku Garden, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Hakodate to Kanazawa in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In January, Kanazawa is a bit warmer than Hakodate - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Takayama, Tateyama-machi, Fukui
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Kanda house ©
Kanda house

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