41 days in Japan Itinerary

41 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
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Kagoshima
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights

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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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, see the interesting displays at MInsah Kogei Museum, and stop by Miyara River Hirugi Grove.

To find reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki road trip planning website.

Chennai, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 3.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chennai in December: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 26°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
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Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal ©
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal

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Naha

Naha ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Itoman (Okinawa Peace Memorial Park & The Tower of Himeyuri). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, take an in-depth tour of Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, and push the limits with Street Kart Okinawa.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Naha tour site.

Fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Itoman, Senagajima Island, Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum
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Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum ©
Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nakijin-son (Kouri Ohashi & Kouri Ocean Tower), Kunigami-son (Okuma Beach, Daisekirinzan, &more) and Iejima Beach Side Horse Park (in Ie-son). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, see the interesting displays at Oceanic Culture Museum, and stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Motobu-cho road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Naha to Motobu-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Expect little chillier evenings in Motobu-cho when traveling from Naha in January, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Kunigami-son, Iejima Beach Side Horse Park
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kagoshima: Tarumizu Sembon Ginkgo Garden (in Tarumizu), Ibusuki (Onsen Resorts & Cape Nagasakibana) and Minamikyushu (Chiran Peace Museum, Tokoshieni, Tokkoyushi Statue, &more). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Sengan-en, enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, stroll through Mt. Shiroyama, and admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima road trip app.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Kagoshima by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Traveling from Motobu-cho in January, expect Kagoshima to be little chillier, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minamikyushu, Ibusuki, Tarumizu Sembon Ginkgo Garden
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Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Nagashima Museum ©
Nagashima Museum

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Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
When in Nagasaki, make a side trip to see Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, approximately Sasebo away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Glover Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kannondo.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
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Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then have fun at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary site.

Take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more), Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and make a trip to Kuromon Market.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka route builder site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, Himeji Castle
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, visit Gion, and stroll through Katsura Imperial Villa.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto journey builder tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): surround yourself with nature on IN KANAZAWA HOUSE, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, make a trip to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Ishikawa Jumoku Park, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online route maker.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 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 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Ishikawa Jumoku Park
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Noboribetsu (Jigokudani & Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe), Otaru (Tomioka Catholic Church & Otaru Canal) and Royce' Chocolate World (in Chitose). There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Sapporo journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Sapporo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Kanazawa in January, expect Sapporo to be slightly colder, temps between -3°C and -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Otaru, Royce' Chocolate World
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, indulge in some culinary diversions at Best Experience Japan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart ©
Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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