57 days in Japan Itinerary

57 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

57 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sapporo
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
3
Wakkanai
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
4
Asahikawa
— Few hours
train:  5​h 30​min
5
Hakodate
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Sendai
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Nikko
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
8
Tokyo
— 7 nights
train:  2​h
9
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
10
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train:  3​h
11
Miyoshi
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
12
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
13
Beppu
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
14
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
train:  6​h 30​min
15
Tokyo
— 13 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo
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.
To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary planning website .

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 69°F. You'll set off for Sapporo on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): walk around Asahiyama Kinen Koen.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Sapporo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tokyo in September, expect Sapporo to be little chillier, temps between 68°F and 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Asahiyama Kinen Koen ©
Asahiyama Kinen Koen
Odori Park ©
Odori Park

2
nights
Wakkanai

Wakkanai ©
The northernmost city in the country, Wakkanai experiences constant exposure to the elements, with windy and snow-covered winters perhaps its main claim to fame on a national level.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): make a trip to Cape Noshappu and then don't miss a visit to Soya Misaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along White Road, then appreciate the history behind Sakhalin Dog Memorial Tower, then take in panoramic vistas at Hamayuchi Rest House (Kohone House), and finally make a trip to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome.

Planning Wakkanai trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Sapporo to Wakkanai by combination of flight, taxi, and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Wakkanai can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cape Noshappu ©
Cape Noshappu
Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome ©
Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome

few
hours
Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Asahikawa day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Wakkanai to Asahikawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Wakkanai in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Asahikawa, with highs around 48°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo

4
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Onuma Quasi-National Park and Shirotai Farm. When in Hakodate, make a side trip to see Onuma Lake in Nanae-cho, approximately 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, let the kids burn off some steam at Miharashi Park (Kosetsuen), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, and take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hakodate travel route planner .

Getting from Asahikawa to Hakodate by combination of train and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. While traveling from Asahikawa, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hakodate, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 46°F. On the 6th (Tue), you'll travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Nanae-cho
Highlights from your plan
Onuma Quasi-National Park ©
Onuma Quasi-National Park
Hachimanzaka ©
Hachimanzaka
Onuma Lake ©
Onuma Lake

4
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Step off the beaten path and head to Risshaku-ji Temple and Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sendai: Tashiro Island (in Ishinomaki) and Azuma Kofuji (in Fukushima). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Sendai City Museum, step into the grandiose world of Aoba Castle Museum, make a trip to Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Sedai Arahama Elementary School, and appreciate the views at Rairaikyo Gorge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sendai day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Hakodate to Sendai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Hakodate in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sendai, with lows around 61°F. On the 10th (Sat), you'll travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Risshaku-ji Temple, Tashiro Island, Azuma Kofuji
Highlights from your plan
Azuma Kofuji ©
Azuma Kofuji
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Sendai City Museum ©
Sendai City Museum

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinno-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Kanaya Hotel History House, explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sainoko Lake, and finally stroll around Sanbonmatu Park.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip planner .

Getting from Sendai to Nikko by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. On the 12th (Mon), you'll travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu

7
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Kamogawa Sea World. Venture out of the city with trips to Jogashima Park (in Jogashima) and Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Naka). See even more of Tokyo: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Ueno, get a sense of history and politics at Akasaka Palace (State Guesthouse), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, Jogashima Park, Kamogawa Sea World
Highlights from your plan
Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World
Food Tours
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 59°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art

7
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Koyasan Okunoin and Tenryuji Temple. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tofuku-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto vacation builder site .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). On the 28th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Koyasan Okunoin, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Onishi Castle Ruins and then snap pictures at Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at Iyakei Valley, go for a walk through Iya Kazura Bridge, then explore the activities along Oboke Koboke, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ikeda Tabacco Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Miyoshi journey planning site .

Drive from Kyoto to Miyoshi in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 58°F. On the 30th (Fri), you're off toFukuoka.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Oboke Koboke ©
Oboke Koboke
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge ©
Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge
Iya Kazura Bridge ©
Iya Kazura Bridge

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 30th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki Shrine. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, then stroll around Maizuru Park, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Miyoshi to Fukuoka by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In October, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. You'll set off for Beppu on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Fukuoka City Museum ©
Fukuoka City Museum

2
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the activities along Shidakako Lake, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, and then appreciate the history behind Statue of Kumahachi Aburaya.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Beppu trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Beppu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Beppu are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Shidakako Lake ©
Shidakako Lake
Umi Jigoku ©
Umi Jigoku
Statue of Kumahachi Aburaya ©
Statue of Kumahachi Aburaya

2
nights
Kagoshima

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 4th (Wed): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kagoshima trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Beppu to Kagoshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, daytime highs in Kagoshima are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. You will leave for Tokyo on the 5th (Thu).

Things to do in Kagoshima

Spas Museums
Highlights from your plan
Thermal Spas
Museum of the Meiji Restoration ©
Museum of the Meiji Restoration

13
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Happoen Garden and Sky Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa), Hachioji (Mt. Takao & Mt. Takaosan Hiking Course) and Kamakura (Gempei Pond, Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), & more). See even more of Tokyo: explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium, admire the landmark architecture of Yokohama Landmark Tower, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip builder site .

You can fly from Kagoshima to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama, Narita, Hachioji, Enoshima Island
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Happoen Garden ©
Happoen Garden
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao

Similar Plans

14 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Constanza & Japan BY A USER FROM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 21 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 58 days in South Korea, Japan & Holland BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS March, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in Europe, Greenland, Canada, United States, South America, South Pacific, Asia & Africa BY A USER FROM GERMANY January, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 59 days in Europe & Asia BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS March, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in Europe & Asia BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS March, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 58 days in Europe, Asia & Caribbean BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS March, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 58 days in Europe, Asia, United States & Canada BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS March, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 11 days in Japan BY A USER FROM CANADA August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans