33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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33 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly + Drive:  36 h
1
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  7 h
2
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Tanabe
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  5 h 15 min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
7
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
8
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  4 h
9
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
10
Nakijin-son
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  33 h
End: Santiago

2
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Niseko Hanazono Resort. Get out of town with these interesting Kutchan-cho side-trips: Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). There's more to do: explore the activities along Lake Toya and take in nature's colorful creations at Mishima's Shibazakura Garden.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kutchan-cho online vacation builder .

Santiago, Chile to Kutchan-cho is an approximately 36-hour flight. Traveling from Santiago to Kutchan-cho, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. January in Kutchan-cho sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, Lake Toya
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

2
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Odaiba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojoji Temple, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kutchan-cho to Tokyo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a train. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in January, expect nights in Tokyo to be a bit warmer, around 1°C, while days are warmer, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Tanabe.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

3
nights
Tanabe

Tanabe ©
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shirarahama Beach and Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Tanabe: Ichimai-iwa (in Kozagawa-cho), Minakata Kumagusu Museum (in Shirahama-cho) and Hashigui Rock (in Kushimoto-cho). The adventure continues: hike along Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes, stop by Nakata Foods Nakata Umeboshi Kobo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kozan-ji Temple, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Tanabe day trip website .

Getting from Tokyo to Tanabe by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 5°C in Tanabe. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Shirahama-cho, Hashigui Rock, Ichimai-iwa
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Shirarahama Beach ©
Shirarahama Beach
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine
Hashigui Rock ©
Hashigui Rock

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Castle). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Arashiyama.

For ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour planner .

You can drive from Tanabe to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tanabe in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kyoto, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kintaikyo Bridge and Shukkei-en Garden. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kintaikyo Bridge, Yamato Museum, Itsukushima Shrine
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Kintaikyo Bridge ©
Kintaikyo Bridge
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Takachiho Gorge and Takachiho Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura) and Aso (Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine, Daikanbo, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, and take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Takachiho-cho trip itinerary site .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. February in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Mt. Aso, Tokyotakachiho Shrine, Shirakawa Springs
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Hirakubozaki and Kabira Park. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, take in the pleasant sights at Cape Ongazaki, walk around Banna Park, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ishigaki, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Takachiho-cho to Ishigaki in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Takachiho-cho in February: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 25°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Explore hidden gems such as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, stroll around Unarizaki Park, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and stroll through Ida no Hama Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima day trip planning website .

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about an hour. In February in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 18:
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Shimojishima Airport RW17 End, make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave, and kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima itinerary maker site .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Nakijin-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 21:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
East Henna Cape ©
East Henna Cape
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

2
nights
Nakijin-son

Nakijin-son ©
Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
On the 22nd (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, then stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, and finally step off the mainland to explore Kouri-jima Island. On the next day, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and then go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nakijin-son tour builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Nakijin-son in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in February, plan for slightly colder nights in Nakijin-son, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Motobu-cho
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road

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