26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  22​h
1
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  1​h 30​min
2
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  7​h 15​min
3
Takayama
— 2 nights
+2
train + Fly + taxi:  8​h 30​min
4
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
+3
train + foot + Fly + train:  11​h
5
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h
7
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
8
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
9
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
10
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Newark

2
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park and The Hokkaido University Museum. There's much more to do: walk around Asahiyama Kinen Koen, find something for the whole family at Sapporo Satoland, ponder the world of politics at Hokkaido Governor's Official Residence, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sapporo trip planner.

Newark, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Sapporo is 14 hours. Traveling from Newark in May, you will find days in Sapporo are little chillier (58°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Theme Parks Parks Museums
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Sapporo Satoland ©
Sapporo Satoland
Asahiyama Kinen Koen ©
Asahiyama Kinen Koen
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum

2
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): walk around Onuma Quasi-National Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Onuma Lake, and then catch the contagious excitement of Hakodate Horse Racetrack. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Kyu Soma-tei, then admire the striking features of Former Russian Consulate, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappist Monasteries, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Hakodate are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Nanae-cho, Trappist Monasteries
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Onuma Lake ©
Onuma Lake
Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei
Onuma Quasi-National Park ©
Onuma Quasi-National Park

2
nights
Takayama

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, then see the interesting displays at Mukashibanashi no Sato, and finally make a trip to West Hotaka Station Exit. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Garyu Park (Garyu Sakura), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiouji Temple.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Takayama driving holiday site .

Getting from Hakodate to Takayama by combination of flight and train takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakodate in May; daily highs in Takayama reach 74°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

3
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
On the 3rd (Mon), take a memorable drive along Road to Heaven, then explore the world behind art at Kita no Alp Art Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shari, and finally walk around Izuminomori Raiun Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io, explore the activities along Onnebetsu River, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Raiun Shrine.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Takayama to Shari-cho takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Takayama in June: high temperatures in Shari-cho hover around 63°F and lows are around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mt. Io
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Mt. Io ©
Mt. Io
Raiun Shrine ©
Raiun Shrine
Road to Heaven ©
Road to Heaven

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Kinomatsushima Island, look for gifts at Katsuura Nigiwai Market, then contemplate the waterfront views at Nachi Forest, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudarakusanji Temple. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Nachi Primeval Forest, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho attractions planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Shari-cho to Nachikatsura-cho in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In June, Nachikatsura-cho is somewhat warmer than Shari-cho - with highs of 77°F and lows of 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kinomatsushima Island ©
Kinomatsushima Island
Fudarakusanji Temple ©
Fudarakusanji Temple
Nachi Forest ©
Nachi Forest

3
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tomori Imugya Beach and Nagamahama Beach Coast. The adventure continues: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave, head off the coast to Ogami Island, and take in the views from Kurima Bridge.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Nachikatsura-cho to Miyakojima takes 7 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in June, with highs in Miyakojima at 87°F and lows at 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Yabiji
Yabiji
Tomori Imugya Beach ©
Tomori Imugya Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Utara Tanko, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Shirahama Port, then admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 4 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Shirahama Port ©
Shirahama Port

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Island Countryside Settlement and Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Kuro-shima (Iko Pier & Nakamoto Beach). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torinji Temple, make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, and take in the views from Southern Gate Bridge.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In June, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuro-shima, Taketomi-jima
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Nosoko Mape ©
Nosoko Mape
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Iko Pier ©
Iko Pier

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, hunt for treasures at Takachiho Gamadase Market, then take in the pleasant sights at Takachihokyo Passage, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Tochimata Tanada Rice Terrace. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai, then take in the views from Takachiho Bridge, and then explore the striking landscape at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho online route maker .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Takachiho-cho in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in June; daily highs in Takachiho-cho reach 78°F and lows reach 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine
Takachiho Gamadase Market ©
Takachiho Gamadase Market

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake and then enjoy the sand and surf at Isso Beach. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Yahazu Cape, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then get engrossed in the history at Yakushimacho History and Folklore Archives.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho online route maker .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In June in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach

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