19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
— 3 nights
— 4 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Nakijin-son
— 3 nights
Bus to Furujima, Fly to Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Niseko-cho
— 2 nights
— 1 night



— 3 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.
Kids will enjoy Yurateiku Market and Kaiji Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ishigaki Yaima Village and Kannonzaki Lighthouse. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planning tool.

Perth, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in January, you will find days in Ishigaki are much colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kouri Island and Kurima Bridge. Escape the urban bustle at Shimojishima Island and Sunayama Beach. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Atarasu Ichiba, and stroll through Yonaha Maehama Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima tour website.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Nakijin-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:


— 3 nights
Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): make a trip to Onna Station Nakayukui Market and then explore the striking landscape at Cape Manzamo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): stroll through Emerald Beach, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, and then contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nakijin-son travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Nakijin-son in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Nakijin-son, with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:


— 4 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Yakusugi Land and Janokuchinotaki Falls. Kids will appreciate attractions like Oko no Taki Fall and Yakushima Local Produce Processing and Marketing Center. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Nakijin-son to Yakushima-cho takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nakijin-son in January, with highs in Yakushima-cho at 17°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:


— 2 nights

Mt. Fuji of Hokkaido

Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rusutsu Resort Ski and then explore the activities along Lake Toya. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place.

Plan my trip to Niseko-cho with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yakushima-cho to Niseko-cho. In January, Niseko-cho is much colder than Yakushima-cho - with highs of 0°C and lows of -4°C. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:


— 1 night

City of Lights

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi, and finally stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hakodate trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Niseko-cho to Hakodate in 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Japan travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.