35 days in Japan & Ios Itinerary

35 days in Japan & Ios Itinerary

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Ferry to Cozumel, Fly to Tokyo Narita
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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Train
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nagoya, Japan
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
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Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
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Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly to Naha Airport, Drive to Kadena-cho
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Kadena-cho, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Motobu-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly to Santorini, Ferry to Ios
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Ios, Greece
— 4 nights
Ferry to Santorini, Fly to Cancun

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Tokyo, Japan

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online road trip planner.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour combination of ferry and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in January, things will get colder in Tokyo: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:

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Kanazawa, Japan

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online travel planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: highs in Kanazawa hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:

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Nagoya, Japan

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Venture out of the city with trips to Spas (in Kuwana) and Ise (Kumihimo Hirai, Okageza, &more). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, steep yourself in history at Seinan Sumiyagura, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Nagoya trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Tours · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:

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Kyoto, Japan

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Sunset Owl Cafe (in Sennichimae) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and stop by Arashiyama.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:

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Hiroshima, Japan

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Paddle Park, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, enjoy some diversion at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:

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Iriomote-jima, Japan

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Nakama-river Protected Region, then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Iriomote-jima tour builder website.

Getting from Hiroshima to Iriomote-jima by combination of train, flight, and ferry takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in February, expect Iriomote-jima to be much hotter, temps between 25°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:

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Ishigaki, Japan

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, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki online tour itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. February in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kadena-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:

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Kadena-cho, Japan

On the 13th (Sat), get interesting insight from Tours.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kadena-cho tour planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ishigaki to Kadena-cho. Traveling from Ishigaki in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kadena-cho, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kadena-cho

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

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Motobu-cho, Japan

Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Get out of town with these interesting Motobu-cho side-trips: Onna-son (Cape Manzamo, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, &more), Ishiyama Viewing Platform (in Ogimi-son) and Nakijin-son (Kouri Ohashi & Kouri Ocean Tower). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and meet the residents at Okichan Theater.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Motobu-cho road trip planning tool.

Getting from Kadena-cho to Motobu-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. February in Motobu-cho sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ios.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 16:

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Ios, Greece

Halfway between Naxos and Santorini lies tiny Ios, famous worldwide as one of the Aegean's liveliest nightlife hubs.
Step out of Ios with an excursion to The Virgin Pandohara Elytis in Sikinos--about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Manganari Beach, stroll through Kolitsani Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Agia Irini, and head outdoors with Yialos Watersports.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ios day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Motobu-cho to Ios takes 26 hours. Traveling from Motobu-cho to Ios, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Motobu-cho, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ios, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ios

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 21:

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.