25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

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25 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Drive:  20​h 45​min
1
Niseko-cho
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
2
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  5​h 15​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
+4
Train + Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  9​h 15​min
5
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1​h
6
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Kita
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Brisbane


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4
nights
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Get in touch with nature at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Niseko Village Ski Resort. Explore hidden gems such as Niseko Outdoor Center and Toyako Visitor Center. Get out of town with these interesting Niseko-cho side-trips: Zenkoji Temple (in Date), Toyako Volcano Science Museum (in Toyako-cho) and Otaru (Tomioka Catholic Church, Sankaku Market, & more). On the 11th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Boot Solutions Niseko, get a new perspective on nature at Kutchan Natural History Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Mishima's Shibazakura Garden.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Niseko-cho trip itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Niseko-cho is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Brisbane in December, things will get cooler in Niseko-cho: highs are around 3°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho, Otaru, Toyako-cho, Zenkoji Temple
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Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort
The Site of Temiya Line ©
The Site of Temiya Line

6
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Ginza. Appreciate the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and National Museum of Nature and Science. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Takao (in Hachioji), Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa) and Koajiro Forest (in Miura). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Mori Art Museum, wander the streets of Asakusa, and examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo travel route app .

Explore your travel options from Niseko-cho to Tokyo with the Route module. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Niseko-cho in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Enoshima Island, Koajiro Forest, Tokiwakimon Samurai Museum, Mt. Takao
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

2
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 19th (Thu), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, and then make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then experience rural life at Farm Shop Utopia Farm Miyakojima, and finally enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima online trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tokyo to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect nights in Miyakojima to be much warmer, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Yabiji
Yabiji
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse

3
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.
Visit Nijo Castle and Mt. Kurama for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wakasa History Museum and The Little Indigo Museum. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Miyama Town Nature Cultural Village in Nantan, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Kyoto Railway Museum, explore the activities along Kamogawa River, and stop by Hayakawa Hamonoten.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Miyakojima to Kyoto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, tram, and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train. When traveling from Miyakojima in December, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nantan, Wakasa History Museum
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Kamogawa River ©
Kamogawa River
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Heritiera Littoralis Tree of Nakama River, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi, then look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, and finally admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kanpiree Waterfall.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Iriomote-jima vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Kyoto to Iriomote-jima with the Route module. Traveling from Kyoto in December, expect nights in Iriomote-jima to be much warmer, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Nature Adventure
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Kayaking & Canoeing
Mizuochi Falls ©
Mizuochi Falls

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stop by Yurateiku Market, appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, then look and learn at Ishigakijima Observatory, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, then examine the collection at MInsah Kogei Museum, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki holiday website .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Island Countryside Settlement
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Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Ishigaki Yaima Village ©
Ishigaki Yaima Village

3
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Waterfall of Mino and then explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Mint Museum, examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, then take an in-depth tour of Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology, and finally shop like a local with Dotonbori.

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Kita takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in December; daily highs in Kita reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kita

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Osaka, Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farm Houses, Waterfall of Mino, National Museum of Ethnology
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Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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