22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
Train to New Chitose, Fly to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 1 night
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
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Onna-son
— 3 nights
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly

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Kutchan-cho — 3 nights

Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Visiting Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU and Rusutsu Resort Ski will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Niseko Village Ski Resort and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: get out on two wheels at White Isle Niseko.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kutchan-cho travel route planner.

Jackson, USA to Kutchan-cho is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from Jackson in December, you will find days in Kutchan-cho are colder (32°F), and nights are little chillier (28°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 4 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Daimaru Museum Umeda. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Katsura Imperial Villa. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Dotombori District in Dotombori, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel route builder website.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kutchan-cho to Kyoto takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kutchan-cho in December: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 52°F and lows are around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ise.
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Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

Ise — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, and finally examine the collection at Okageza.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ise trip simple and quick.

Drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ise when traveling from Kyoto in December, with lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Onna-son.
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Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

Onna-son — 3 nights

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Katsuren Castle Ruins and The Tower of Himeyuri. Discover out-of-the-way places like Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and Sefa-Utaki. Change things up with these side-trips from Onna-son: Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Nakagusuku-son), Toyosaki Kaihin Koen (in Tomigusuku) and Valley of Gangala (in Nanjo). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and don't miss a visit to Cape Maeda.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Onna-son holiday planner.

Getting from Ise to Onna-son by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ise in December: high temperatures in Onna-son hover around 69°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.
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Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

Miyakojima — 2 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Makiyama Observatory, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, then snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, make a trip to East Henna Cape, then enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Imugya Marine Garden.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip planner.

Getting from Onna-son to Miyakojima by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Miyakojima when traveling from Onna-son in December, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.
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Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Iriomote-jima — 1 night

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 4 hours. December in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Ishigaki — 2 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.
On the 29th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, then stroll around Banna Park, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and then view the masterpieces at Nei Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki attractions planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Tokyo — 4 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Ebisu Garden Place. Popular historic sites such as Yomeimon (Main Gate) and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Nikko (Nikko Tosho-gu, Taiyuimbyo Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Takeshita Street, and shop like a local with Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko).

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Ishigaki, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

Japan travel guide

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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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