51 days in Japan Itinerary

51 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
2
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
4
Himeji
— 4 nights
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
6
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
7
Tokyo
— 6 nights
8
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
9
Matsumoto
— 5 nights
10
Nagoya
— 5 nights

4
nights
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, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki travel site.

Kupang, Indonesia to Ishigaki is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Indonesia Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Kupang, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch & Tenkaiho), Kigaigaura Observation Deck (in Amakusa) and Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, and examine the collection at Dejima.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Nagasaki takes 6.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in May, with highs in Nagasaki at °C and lows at °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sasebo, Kigaigaura Observation Deck, Nagasaki Bio Park
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Paddle Park, &more), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). The adventure continues: make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

Plan my day in Hiroshima using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Okayama (Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest & Okayama Korakuen Garden), Sumiyoshi Shrine (in Akashi) and Bizen (FAN Museum & Mt. Kuma). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji itinerary website.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Himeji are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Okayama, Bizen, Sumiyoshi Shrine, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and go for a walk through Gion.

Make your Kyoto itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
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: Yamafuji Vineyard & Horizon Winery (in Toyama), Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Wada House, &more) and Angoji Temple (in Nanto). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Yamafuji Vineyard & Horizon Winery, Angoji Temple
Highlights from your plan

6
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.
Have a day of magic on the 3rd (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, stroll around Ueno Park, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo tour planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in May since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hirasawa Pass (in Minamimaki-mura), Mt. Shakushi (in Fujiyoshida) and Oshino Omiya Bridge (in Oshino-mura). Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Kawaguchi, get to know the fascinating history of Kawamata Higashi Canyon Shizen Kansatsuen, and walk around Arakurayama Sengen Park.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi attractions planning app.

Getting from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in June: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Hirasawa Pass, Mount Fuji, Kawamata Higashi Canyon Shizen Kansatsuen, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park ©
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

5
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Tateyama-machi (Mt. Tateyama & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route), Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Hida Takayama Museum of Art, &more) and Daiho-ji Temple (in Aoki-mura). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, get outside with Mt.Takagari, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinashinmeigu.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Matsumoto: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Takayama, Omachi, Tateyama-machi, Daiho-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

5
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagoya side-trips: Chubu Park (in Toin-cho), Ise (Okage Yokocho, Ise Grand Shrine, &more) and Toba (Toba Aquarium & Mikimoto Pearl Island). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, see the interesting displays at Nagoya Chikyu Hiroba, and explore the activities along Yamazaki River.

Plan trip to Nagoya with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Take a train from Matsumoto to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ise, Toba, Chubu Park, Kasumi Yumekujira Park
Highlights from your plan
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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