48 days in Japan, New York City & San Francisco Itinerary

48 days in Japan, New York City & San Francisco Itinerary

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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Okinawa City, Japan
— 5 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan
— 5 nights
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New York City, United States
— 16 nights
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— 11 nights
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Kyoto, Japan

— 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Amano Hashidate Beach and Isoshimizu. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Miyazu (Miyazu Catholic Church, Nariaiji Temple, &more) and Ise (Aramatsurinomiya, Oharai-machi, &more). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, make a trip to Yasakanoto, and contemplate the long history of Keage Incline.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip planner.

Tokyo to Kyoto is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Okinawa City, Japan

— 5 nights
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Appreciate the collections at Yomitanzanyaki Kitagama and Sakima Art Museum. We've included these beaches for you: Tiger Beach and Sun Marina Beach. Explore Okinawa City's surroundings by going to Ogimi-son (Okurareruka Field & Ta Waterfall), Hiji Waterfall (in Kunigami-son) and Gesashi Bay's Mangrove Forest (in Higashi-son). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Busena Beach, stroll around Onna Seaside Cizil Park Nabii Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nago citizen Beach, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Okinawa City online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kyoto to Okinawa City in 37.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Osaka, Japan

— 3 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Mint Museum and Shitenno-ji Temple Homotsukan. Take a break from the city and head to Nara Park and Osaka Fureai no Mizube. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Reihokan Museum, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Dotombori District, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka online itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Okinawa City to Osaka takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan

— 5 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
We've included these beaches for you: Tatadohama Beach and Iritahama Beach. Get some historical perspective at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine and Anchokuro. Change things up with these side-trips from Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Kisami Ohama Beach (in Shimoda), Gotemba (Gotemba Premium Outlets & Ebisembei-no-Sato, Gotemba) and Gempeigawa River (in Mishima). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine, see the interesting displays at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg., and Head underground at Saiko Bat Cave.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Osaka, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

New York City, United States

— 16 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Head to SoHo and Fifth Avenuefor some retail therapy. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library will appeal to museum buffs. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Cloverdale Farm County Park (in Barnegat), Great Neck Steppingstone Park (in Great Neck) and Woodbury Common Premium Outlets (in Central Valley). Spend the 31st (Mon) exploring nature at Independence National Historical Park. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, stop by Greenwich Village, and examine the collection at Ground Zero Museum Workshop.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the New York City trip app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to New York City in 18.5 hours. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to New York City, you'll gain 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in New York City, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

San Francisco, United States

— 11 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Muir Woods National Monument and Marin Headlands. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena), Francis Ford Coppola Winery (in Geyserville) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). The adventure continues: stroll through Lands End, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

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Getting from New York City to San Francisco by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from New York City to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in June; daily highs in San Francisco reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.