50 days in Japan Itinerary

50 days in Japan Itinerary

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

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, visit Best Experience Japan, and get the adrenaline pumping with Street Kart Shibuya.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Tokyo trip simple and quick.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Melbourne in December, plan for much colder days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

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Street Kart Shibuya ©
Street Kart Shibuya
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe & Jigokudani), The North Country Golf Club (in Chitose) and Otaru (Asahi Observation Platform, Otaru Canal, &more). There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo journey planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: highs in Sapporo hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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 (Tenshukakau Observatory, Wada House, &more). There's much more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and make a trip to Neagarimatsu.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa route maker.

You can fly from Sapporo to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Sapporo in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Kanazawa: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

5
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso), Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en) and Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka journey builder website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): head outdoors with Paddle Park, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and finally stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©

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.
Go for a jaunt from Nagasaki to Sasebo to see Huis Ten Bosch about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, stroll around Nabekanmuriyama Park, and appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ibusuki (Onsen Resorts & Cape Nagasakibana) and Minamikyushu (Tokoshieni, Tokkoyushi Statue, Chiran Heiwa Park, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sengan-en, enjoy breathtaking views from Kagoshima Prefectural Office Observation Hall, contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shiroyama.

Plan my Kagoshima trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Kagoshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Nagashima Museum ©
Nagashima Museum

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Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Noho Ohashi (in Iheya-son), Nakijin-son (Kouri Ocean Tower & Kouri Ohashi) and Izena-son (Shirasagi Lookout & Mt. Izena Forest Park). And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, take in the awesome beauty at Daisekirinzan, make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins, and take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Kagoshima to Motobu-cho in 6 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Kagoshima in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Motobu-cho: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan

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Naha

Naha ©

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: Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma), Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center (in Yomitan-son) and Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, get a new perspective on nature at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Himeyuri Peace Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Naha online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Motobu-cho to Naha takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Motobu-cho in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Naha, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

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Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, stroll around Banna Park, and visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

Find out how to plan Ishigaki trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 3.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal ©
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal

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