19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour itinerary planner

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Shimoda
— 2 nights
Drive

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Tokyo

— 3 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Tokyo. In January, daytime highs in Tokyo are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:

Ishigaki

— 4 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.
Visit Kondoi Beach and Akashi Beach for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, head outdoors with Shiraho Beach, look for gifts at Ibaruma Farm Fruits Chokubaijo, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Ishigaki in 5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in January, you will find days in Ishigaki are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are much warmer (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 29th (Fri), head outdoors with Sunayama Beach, kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach, then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast. On your second day here, get outside with Sawada no hama Beach, then kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In January in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:

Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, wander the streets of Dotombori District, and contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Osaka route builder website.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Osaka in 4.5 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Miyakojima in January, with highs in Osaka at 10°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 2:

Kyoto

— 3 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.
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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Anrakuji, admire the striking features of Jishu Shrine, and cast your line with Hero Tour Japan.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Nightlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 5:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 1 night
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, fly down the slopes at Shiga Kogen, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi road trip site.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Kyoto to Yamanouchi-machi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in February: high temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi hover around 4°C and lows are around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Shimoda.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 6:

Shimoda

— 2 nights
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Tatadohama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Iritahama Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kisami Ohama Beach, and finally explore the activities along Tsumekizaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Touji Beach, kick back and relax at Yumigahama Beach, then explore the activities along Okuiro Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Minamiizu Aloe Center.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Shimoda day trip planning app.

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Shimoda in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, Shimoda is a bit warmer than Yamanouchi-machi - with highs of 11°C and lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 8:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.