27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
6
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo vacation builder site.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Tokyo to be much colder, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:

Sapporo

— 3 nights

CIty of Ramen

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru (Yuzu Kobo Honten & Otaru Canal). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, find something for the whole family at Shiroi Koibito Park, and wander the streets of Susukino.

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You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: highs in Sapporo hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, and then don't miss a visit to Tsuzumi Gate. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally make a trip to Neagarimatsu.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Sapporo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sapporo in December, with highs in Kanazawa at 11°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary website.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip maker site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, then walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and then examine the collection at Dejima.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki online trip maker.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Motobu-cho

— 2 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): experience rural life at Aiai Farm, then make a trip to Kouri Ohashi, and then contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Motobu-cho online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Nagasaki to Motobu-cho in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Nagasaki in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Motobu-cho: highs are around 24°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Ishigaki

— 5 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.
Spend 31st (Fri) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, stroll around Banna Park, take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site, and see the interesting displays at MInsah Kogei Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ishigaki attractions website.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Motobu-cho in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ishigaki, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:

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.