61 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
Train to New Chitose, Fly to Ise
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Ise
— 4 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 8 nights
Ferry
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Ibusuki
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 7 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 11 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 11 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
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Onna-son
— 5 nights
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Hakuba-mura
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Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
Drive to Toyama Airport, Fly to Dusseldorf

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Kutchan-cho — 4 nights

Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Get in touch with nature at Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Niseko Village Ski Resort and Niseko Hanazono Resort. Change things up with these side-trips from Kutchan-cho: Kiroro Snow World (in Akaigawa-mura), Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Ransima Beach (in Otaru). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Cape Kamui, explore the activities along Lake Toya, and take in the awesome beauty at Iwaonupuri.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kutchan-cho trip itinerary planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Kutchan-cho is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Dusseldorf to Kutchan-cho, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, Kutchan-cho is little chillier than Dusseldorf - with highs of -1°C and lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ise.
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Find places to stay Feb 11 — 15:

Ise — 4 nights

A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ise Shrine Geku and Tsukiyominomiya. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sengukan and Shinmei Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Ise: Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck (in Shima) and Kumano (Onigajo & Hanano Iwaya Caves). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Meotoiwa Rocks, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Toba Aquarium.

To see maps and other tourist information, use the Ise tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kutchan-cho to Ise in 7 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kutchan-cho in February: high temperatures in Ise hover around 9°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to Yakushima-cho.
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Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:

Yakushima-cho — 8 nights

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.
Yakushima Environmental Culture Village Center and Kusukawa Tenmangu Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Nagata Inakahama will get you outdoors. Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, look for all kinds of wild species at Sandaisugi, get outside with Seibu Trail, and make a trip to Okinasugi.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho trip planner.

You can fly from Ise to Yakushima-cho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ise in February: highs in Yakushima-cho hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Ibusuki.
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Find places to stay Feb 19 — 27:

Ibusuki — 2 nights

A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
On the 28th (Tue), make a trip to Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, then brush up on your military savvy at Chiran Peace Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kaimondake. On the next day, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, head outdoors with JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, and then get great views at Cape Nagasakibana.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Ibusuki online trip planner.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Ibusuki by ferry takes about 3 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in February: highs in Ibusuki hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.
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Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:

Iriomote-jima — 7 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Take a break from the city and head to Iriomote Island and Kayaking & Canoeing. Relax by the water at Ida no Hama Beach and Nakano Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Sotobanare Minami, and head outdoors with Maruma Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Ibusuki to Iriomote-jima takes 6.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ibusuki in March: high temperatures in Iriomote-jima hover around 26°C and lows are around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay Mar 1 — 8:

Ishigaki — 11 nights

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.
Island Countryside Settlement and Taketomi Yugafu-kan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Kondoi Beach and Kaiji Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ishigaki: Hamashima In Leaf (in Taketomi-jima), Kuro-shima (Fuki Beach, Nishinohama, &more) and Kohama-jima (Kubazaki Beach, Tumal Beach, &more). Spend 19th (Sun) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, walk around Kabira Park, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, and take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki day trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Miyakojima.
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Find places to stay Mar 8 — 19:

Miyakojima — 11 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Relax by the water at Toguchi no Hama and Sanitsu. Visiting Sawada no hama Beach and Ikema-jima Island will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, go for a walk through Nishihenna Cape, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima driving holiday planning site.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In March in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.
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Find places to stay Mar 19 — 30:

Onna-son — 5 nights

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nakijin Castle Ruins and Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Katsuren Castle Ruins and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Get out of town with these interesting Onna-son side-trips: Cape Zampa (in Yomitan-son), The Tower of Himeyuri (in Itoman) and Nanjo (Valley of Gangala & Sefa Utaki). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Toyosaki Kaihin Koen, explore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Onna-son trip itinerary builder app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 4 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Onna-son, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hakuba-mura.
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Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 4:

Hakuba-mura — 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden. Escape the urban bustle at Happoone and Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort. Get out of town with these interesting Hakuba-mura side-trips: Nagano (Togakushi Shrine Okusha & Snow Monkey Resorts). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, visit Hakuba Jump Arena, and wander the streets of Hakuba.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hakuba-mura trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Hakuba-mura in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, tram, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Onna-son in April, expect Hakuba-mura to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nozawaonsen-mura.
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Find places to stay Apr 4 — 8:

Nozawaonsen-mura — 2 nights

Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Hebifuchi Fall, soak in some Japanese tradition at Nozawa Onsen, and then fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Hokusai-kan, fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and then head outdoors with Yamase Onsen Ski Area.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nozawaonsen-mura trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Nozawaonsen-mura takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Nozawaonsen-mura can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

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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.
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