40 days in Japan Itinerary

40 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
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Toyooka
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Ibusuki
— 1 night
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
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Kunigami-son
— 1 night
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
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Naha
— 5 nights

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Yokohama Minato Mirai 21. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. The adventure continues: squeeze the most out of the city with Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and visit Ueno District.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip app.

Izmir, Turkey to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 6 hours. When traveling from Izmir in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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Neighborhood
Ueno District
4.3

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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.
On the 30th (Wed), hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, fly down the slopes at Hakuba, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, and finally stop by Hakuba Jump Arena. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, fly down the slopes at Hakuba Mountain Harbor, and then stroll through Kurobe Dam.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hakuba-mura trip planning app.

Drive from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in December; daily highs in Hakuba-mura reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trip

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Neighborhood
Hakuba
4.2

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Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Step off the beaten path and head to Street of Kinosaki Onsen and The Sand Museum. Explore Toyooka's surroundings by going to Onitakeinari Shrine (in Fukuchiyama), Ine no Funaya (in Ine-cho) and Miyazu (Kyu Mikamiye House, Amanohashidate View Land, &more). There's much more to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, stroll through Tottori Sand Dunes, take in the views from Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki, and kick back and relax at Uradome Coast.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Toyooka trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Toyooka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of shuttle, train, tram, and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Toyooka when traveling from Hakuba-mura in December, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Water Body
Amanohashidate
4.3
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Thermal Spa
Thermal Spas
4.1

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ise Shrine Geku and Tsukiyominomiya. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Ise (Oharai-machi & Okageza). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take in the pleasant sights at Gion, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Toyooka to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Traveling from Toyooka in January, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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Neighborhood
Arashiyama
4.3
Neighborhood
Gion
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Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Toshodai-ji Temple and Naruto Strait. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara Park (in Nara), Himeji (Shoshazan Engyoji, Himeji Castle, &more) and Otsuka Museum of Art (in Naruto). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck), look for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Neighborhood
Dotombori District
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World heritage site
Toshodai-ji Temple
4.5

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Ibusuki

Ibusuki ©
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kaimondake, make a trip to Cape Nagasakibana, then appreciate the history behind JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ibusuki trip maker tool.

Fly from Osaka to Ibusuki in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Osaka in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ibusuki, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Nature · Spas · Parks · Baths
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Mountain
Mt. Kaimondake
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Onsen Resort
Onsen Resorts
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Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aragusuku Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and head outdoors with Sunayama Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima tour planner.

Fly from Ibusuki to Miyakojima in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Ibusuki in January, things will get a bit warmer in Miyakojima: highs are around 24°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Beach
Toguchi no Hama
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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 Kondoi Beach and Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Banna Park, take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. January in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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Beach
Kondoi Beach
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Spa
Spas
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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 22nd (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, then head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Kunigami-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
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Waterfall
Pinaisara Falls
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Kunigami-son

Kunigami-son ©
Although the village of Kunigami-son spreads across a large area, it remains sparsely populated, with lots of wild land protected from development.
On the 24th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Hiji Waterfall, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisekirinzan, then get great views at Cape Hedo, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Okuma Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kunigami-son driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Iriomote-jima to Kunigami-son. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kunigami-son, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kunigami-son

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches
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Mountain
Daisekirinzan
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Beach
Okuma Beach
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Lookout
Cape Hedo
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Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, then stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, and finally contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Motobu Genki Village, admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally head off the coast to Minnajima Island.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Kunigami-son to Motobu-cho in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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Scenic Walking Area
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road
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World heritage site
Nakijin Castle Ruins
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Naha

Naha ©

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nishibama Beach and Street Kart Okinawa. Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Nanjo (Cape Chinen Park & Sefa-Utaki), Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma) and Aharen Beach (in Tokashiki-son). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Himeyuri Peace Museum, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala, make a trip to Tomari Iyumachi, and contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Naha online vacation planner.

You can drive from Motobu-cho to Naha in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Motobu-cho in January since evenings lows in Naha dip to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Beach
Aharen Beach
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Beach
Nishibama Beach
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