32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Takayama
— 4 nights
2
Hakuba-mura
— 5 nights
3
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
4
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
6
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
7
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
8
Miyakojima
— 6 nights

4
nights
Takayama

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Takayama Showa Museum and Nakabashi Bridge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takayama: Nakasendo Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Nakasendo Magome-juku (in Nakatsugawa). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Mont Deus Hidakuraiyama Michi-no-Eki, take in nature's colorful creations at Garyu Park (Garyu Sakura), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and explore the activities along Taisho Pond.

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

Sydney, Australia to Takayama is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Sydney to Takayama, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Takayama reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Taisho Pond, Tenshukakau Observatory, Nakasendo Magome-juku
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
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Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond

5
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Get out of town with these interesting Hakuba-mura side-trips: Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area (in Yamanouchi-machi), Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura) and Nagano (Togakushi Shrine Okusha & Togakushi Shrine Chusha). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, admire the natural beauty at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, head outdoors with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, and visit Hakuba Jump Arena.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hakuba-mura trip planning site.

Drive from Takayama to Hakuba-mura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Takayama in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Hakuba-mura, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nagano, Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:
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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park ©
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park

2
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Explore Kutchan-cho's surroundings by going to JR Otaru Station (in Otaru) and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho). There's much more to do: get outside with Niseko Hanazono Resort, stroll around Fukidashi Park, and hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kutchan-cho trip maker app.

Fly from Hakuba-mura to Kutchan-cho in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Traveling from Hakuba-mura in December, you will find days in Kutchan-cho are slightly colder (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Fukidashi Park, JR Otaru Station, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
JR Otaru Station
JR Otaru Station

3
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory and Shiretoko Nature Center. Explore Shari-cho's surroundings by going to Lake Mashu (in Teshikaga-cho) and Shiretoko Highway (in Rausu-cho). There's still lots to do: get outside with Road to Heaven, explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, don't miss a visit to Shiretoko Misaki, and admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Shari-cho visit planner.

Traveling by car from Kutchan-cho to Shari-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Shari-cho, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho, Shiretoko Pass, Shiretoko Highway
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki
Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory ©
Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Taikoiwa and Wilson Stump. Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, and explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

For photos and more tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Shari-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Shari-cho in January, with highs in Yakushima-cho at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Trails
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pinaisara Falls and Ida no Hama Beach. It doesn't end there: head off the coast to Iriomote Island and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

Planning Iriomote-jima trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Iriomote-jima in 13 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in January, things will get a bit warmer in Iriomote-jima: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

4
nights
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, stroll around Banna Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki itinerary builder website.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ishigaki are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Nishi Pier ©
Nishi Pier
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

6
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nishihenna Cape and Soedo Sagaribana. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, make a trip to East Henna Cape, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima day trip tool.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. January in Miyakojima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Nishihenna Cape ©
Nishihenna Cape
Scuba & Snorkeling

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