51 days in Japan Itinerary

51 days in Japan Itinerary

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51 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
1
Onna-son
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
2
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Kagoshima
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  7​h 15​min
8
Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  7​h
9
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h
11
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
12
Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore

5
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Daisekirinzan. Visit Nakijin Castle Ruins and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman), AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM (in Kitanakagusuku-son) and Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins, enjoy the sand and surf at Okuma Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Zakimi Castle Ruins, and get great views at Cape Hedo.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Onna-son itinerary site .

Singapore, Singapore to Onna-son is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Onna-son due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in March, things will get much colder in Onna-son: highs are around 24°C and lows about 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Kunigami-son, Kitanakagusuku-son, Nakijin-son, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

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.
On the 14th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, hike along Seibu Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. On your second day here, examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and then look for all kinds of wild species at Yakusugi Land.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Onna-son in March, expect Yakushima-cho to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

3
nights
Kagoshima

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chiran Peace Museum and Kirishima Shrine. Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Shiroyama and JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kagoshima: Ibusuki (Onsen Resorts & Chiringashima) and Kareigawa Station (in Kirishima). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Sengan-en, take in panoramic vistas at Yunohira Lookout, admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, and get impressive views of Sakurajima.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kagoshima road trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Kagoshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kagoshima, with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ibusuki, Kirishima, Chiran Peace Museum
Highlights from your plan
Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum
Kirishima Shrine ©
Kirishima Shrine
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Daishoin Temple and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Your inner history buff will appreciate Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Senjokaku. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi), Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki) and Kure (JMSDF Kure Museum & Yamato Museum). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima holiday site .

Take a train from Kagoshima to Hiroshima in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Ohara Museum of Art, Mazda Museum, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Highlights from your plan
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

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.
Head to Dotonbori and Nishiki Market Shopping Districtfor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Daimaru Museum Umeda & Osaka Castle), Ise (Okageza, Oharai-machi, & more) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and make a trip to Gion.

Plan a Kyoto trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Ise, Osaka, Himeji Castle, Koyasan Okunoin
Highlights from your plan
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho attractions planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Nachikatsura-cho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Get some historical perspective at Ainokura Gassho Community and Takayama Jinya. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more), Takayama (Takayama Showa Museum & Higashiyama Walking Course) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner .

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In March, Kanazawa is little chillier than Nachikatsura-cho - with highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Takayama, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community

3
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Step off the beaten path and head to Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery. Get outdoors at Rusutsu Resort Ski and Shimamu Beach. When in Kutchan-cho, make a side trip to see Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area in Niseko-cho, approximately 42 minutes away. On the 6th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Niseko Hanazono Resort.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kutchan-cho trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Kanazawa to Kutchan-cho by combination of flight and train takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kanazawa in April: highs in Kutchan-cho hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Shimamu Beach, Rusutsu Resort Ski, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski

7
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.
Let the collections at Pola Museum of Art and Samurai Museum capture your imagination. Do your shopping at Minato Mirai 21 and Ginza. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji), Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba) and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu (in Hakone-machi). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, read Tokyo vacation builder app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kutchan-cho to Tokyo in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a train. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in April, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Kamakura, Minato Mirai 21, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Ginza ©
Ginza
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get in touch with nature at Sunayama Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's still lots to do: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima online day trip planner .

You can fly from Tokyo to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tokyo in April, with highs in Miyakojima at 29°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima route website .

Traveling by ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 4 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

6
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.
Get outdoors at Cape Hirakubozaki and Kondoi Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Island Countryside Settlement and Nei Museum of Art. Take a break from Ishigaki with a short trip to Nakamoto Beach in Kuro-shima, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach, walk around Kabira Park, and get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary app .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement, Nakamoto Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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