Route & dates
22 days in Chichibu & Miyakojima Itinerary
Chichibu— 18 nights
train + bus + Fly: 6h 15min
Miyakojima— 2 nights
Fly + bus + train: 6h 15min
A little rural reprieve not far from the capital, the city of Chichibu draws visitors with its vibrant landscape and pleasant, low-key urban attractions.Ichinomiya Nukisaki Shrine and Shinkaisansha Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Mt. Takao and Yachiho Highland Natural Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chichibu: Nagaoka Kesaichi Memorial Gallery (in Kanra-machi), Ome (Shiofune Kannon Temple & Mt. Mitake) and Tomioka (Gunma Safari Park & Gunma Natural Museum). There's lots more to do: look and learn at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan Nobeyama, get outside with Mt. Kumotori, take in the pleasant sights at Mugikusatoge Pass, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Myogi.
For photos and tourist information, refer to the Chichibu itinerary planner .
If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. December in Chichibu sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in Chichibu
Yamanashi, Tomioka, Koshu, Sakuho-machi, Hachioji
Find places to stay Dec 19 — Jan 6:
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.Sunayama Beach has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunayama Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harimizu Utaki, then explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, and then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach.
For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima road trip planning tool .
You can do a combination of train and flight from Chichibu to Miyakojima in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Chichibu in January, things will get much warmer in Miyakojima: highs are around 69°F and lows about 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in Miyakojima
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9: