39 days in Japan Itinerary

39 days in Japan Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Sapporo

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Otaru (Otaru Canal & Yuzu Kobo Honten) and Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu Date Historic Village & Jigokudani). There's still lots to do: stroll around Odori Park, take a stroll through Susukino, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. In December, Sapporo is much colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 32°F and lows of 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:

Tokyo

— 6 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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 22nd (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and visit Odaiba District.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in December, you will find days in Tokyo are warmer (54°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 24:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). The adventure continues: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, make a trip to Neagarimatsu, and admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip maker website.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Kanazawa are a bit cooler (49°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

Nagasaki

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagasaki: Sasebo (Balinese Salon Sasebo & Huis Ten Bosch). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, take some stellar pictures from Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple.

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Fly from Kanazawa to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nagasaki when traveling from Kanazawa in December, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

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.
Spend 31st (Fri) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, see the interesting displays at MInsah Kogei Museum, stroll around Kabira Park, and visit Miyara River Hirugi Grove.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki holiday site.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. While traveling from Nagasaki, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

Naha

— 4 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: American Village (in Chatan-cho), Itoman (Heiwa no Ishiji & Okinawa Peace Memorial Park) and Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, sample the fine beverages at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers, step off the mainland to explore Senagajima Island, and don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Naha online route planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 2.5 hours. January in Naha sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:

Motobu-cho

— 4 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.
Explore Motobu-cho's surroundings by going to Nakijin-son (Kouri Ocean Tower & Kouri Ohashi), Ginoza Roadside Station (in Ginoza-son) and Nago (Busena Marine Park & Atelier43). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, relax in the rural setting at Aiai Farm, walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho route maker tool.

You can drive from Naha to Motobu-cho in 2 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Naha in January since evenings lows in Motobu-cho dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:

Kagoshima

— 2 nights

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, then steep yourself in history at Sengan-en, and then take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, then get impressive views of Sakurajima, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kagoshima trip maker app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Kagoshima in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Motobu-cho in January, things will get a bit cooler in Kagoshima: highs are around 50°F and lows about 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

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.
On the 14th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, and finally look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip app.

You can take a train from Kagoshima to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. January in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Kuchu Teien Observatory, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, stop by Gion, stop by Musubi Kyoto, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

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Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in January, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 21:

Japan travel guide

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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.