51 days in Japan Itinerary

51 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sapporo
— 5 nights
2
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
3
Tokyo
— 6 nights
4
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
7
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
8
Onna-son
— 6 nights
9
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
10
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
11
Ishigaki
— 4 nights

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hokkaido Jingu and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Escape the urban bustle at Niseko Hanazono Resort and Otaru Canal. Venture out of the city with trips to Chitose (Royce' Chocolate World & Airport History Museum), Otaru (Old Isono Branch Warehouse, Former Tsushin Densetsu Hama Building, &more) and Bibai (Sorachi Shrine, Old Mitsui Bibai Dai 2 Kosentanjo, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Hokkaido University Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo travel planner.

San Francisco, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Sapporo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Sapporo are a bit cooler (°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Otaru, Bibai, Chitose, Niseko Hanazono Resort, Ichikishiri Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine

3
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Raiun Shrine and Rausu Shrine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Utoro Onsen and Shiretoko Museum. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, delve into the lush surroundings at Shiretoko 100 Square-Meter Trust Forest, get interesting insight from Tours, and enjoy the sand and surf at Shiretoko Beach.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Shari-cho trip app.

You can fly from Sapporo to Shari-cho in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sapporo in June, expect little chillier with lows of °F in Shari-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Shiretoko Peninsula, Rausu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Road to Heaven ©
Road to Heaven
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls

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.
Get in touch with nature at Pola Museum of Art and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Engaku-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kichijoji (in Musashino) and Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, visit Odaiba District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, and take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel route builder.

Getting from Shari-cho to Tokyo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shari-cho in June: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trips

Kamakura, Kichijoji, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Pola Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) ©
Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Suganuma Gassho Community and Kanda house. For shopping fun, head to Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center or Sakuda Honten. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Nanto (Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple, Gokayama, &more), Komatsu (Natadera Temple & Motorcar Museum of Japan) and Takayama (Hida Gokoku Shrine, Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Kanazawa Catholic Church, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa tour planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °F in June, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Nanto, Takayama, Komatsu, Eiheiji-cho, Maruoka Castle
Highlights from your plan
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Kanda house ©
Kanda house

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sanzen-in Temple and Sarutahiko Shrine. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotombori District and Minami (Namba). Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Hankyu Umeda Honten (in Osaka), Hozenji Yokocho (in Namba) and Nishinomiya Shrine (in Nishinomiya). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanzen-ji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka, Ise, Nishinomiya Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine. Get outdoors at Miyajima and Misen Wild Woods. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (To no Oka, Senjokaku, &more), Fukuyama (Ryoma no Kakure Heya Masuya Seiemontaku, Fukuzen-ji Temple, &more) and Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, browse the different shops at YouMe Town Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and make a trip to Peace Flame.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima vacation planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Fukuyama
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): head outdoors with Yakusugi Land, take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Here are some ideas for day two: get your bearings at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho itinerary maker website.

Getting from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Yakushima-cho are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Tachudake ©
Tachudake
Onsen Resorts

6
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Visit Sefa-Utaki and Cave Nyatiya for their historical value. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Sun Marina Beach. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to St. Clara Church (in Yonabaru-cho), Nakijin-son (Kouri Beach & Akabaka Beach) and Urasoe Castle Ruins (in Urasoe). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, get outside with Imadomari Beach, make a trip to Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and kick back and relax at Tiger Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Onna-son online route planner.

Fly from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in Onna-son, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Ie-son, St. Clara Church, Sefa-Utaki, Urasoe Castle Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki
Manza Beach ©
Manza Beach

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yabiji and Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House. Get outdoors at Kayaking & Canoeing and Nagamahama Beach Coast. There's much more to do: get outside with Tomori Imugya Beach, step off the mainland to explore Ogami Island, hunt for treasures at Atarasu Ichiba, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyako Shrine.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima route app.

You can fly from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Tomori Imugya Beach ©
Tomori Imugya Beach

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visiting Iriomote Island and Nara no Taki Falls will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hoshisuna Beach and Kanpiree Waterfall. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi, enjoy the sand and surf at Shirahama Port, and identify plant and animal life at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center.

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

Ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 5 hours. In July in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Island Countryside Settlement and Meiwa Otsunami Sonansha Ireinoto. Get some historical perspective at Torinji Temple and Funatsukion. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Kohama-jima (Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, Hairumubushi Beach, &more) and Kuro-shima (Monument of Yaeyama Buto Kinoryu, Nakamoto Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, shop like a local with Nei Museum of Art, head outdoors with Shiraho Beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki driving holiday planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kohama-jima, Kuro-shima, Island Countryside Settlement, Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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