51 days in Japan Itinerary

51 days in Japan Itinerary

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51 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  11​h
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h
2
Sendai
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Hakodate
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
4
Sapporo
— 1 night
train:  5​h 30​min
5
Wakkanai
— 2 nights
train:  6​h
6
Otaru
— 3 nights
train:  6​h
7
Aomori
— 1 night
train:  4​h
8
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
10
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train:  45​min
11
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
12
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
13
Kobe
— Few hours
train:  4​h
14
Beppu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
15
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
16
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
17
Tokyo
— 11 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco


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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hibiya Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for Sendai.

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Hibiya Park

2
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.
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Getting from Tokyo to Sendai by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sendai: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 61°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Wed) before leaving for Hakodate.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Museums

2
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.
For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip planner .

You can take a train from Sendai to Hakodate in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sendai in October, things will get a bit cooler in Hakodate: highs are around 60°F and lows about 46°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Fri) before leaving for Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Museums

1
night
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.
For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo itinerary planner .

Getting from Hakodate to Sapporo by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Hakodate in October, you will find days in Sapporo are little chillier (55°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sat) before leaving for Wakkanai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

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

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry from Sapporo to Wakkanai in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October in Wakkanai, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 47°F at night. On the 21st (Mon), you're off toOtaru.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks Outdoors Trails

3
nights
Otaru

Otaru
The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Otaru itinerary builder .

You can drive from Wakkanai to Otaru in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in October, and nighttime lows around 50°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Thu) before leaving for Aomori.

Things to do in Otaru

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Aomori

Aomori
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Aomori holiday maker website .

Getting from Otaru to Aomori by combination of train and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Aomori can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks Historic Sites Museums

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo
For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip website .

You can fly from Aomori to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Aomori in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 72°F and lows about 60°F. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

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.
For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi online route builder .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 59°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Historic Sites Museums

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.
For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. On the 6th (Wed), you'll travel to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

2
nights
Nara

Nara
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Nara trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In November, daytime highs in Nara are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. On the 8th (Fri), you're off toOsaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Museums

2
nights
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.
To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Osaka travel route planning website .

Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Osaka are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. You'll set off for Kobe on the 10th (Sun).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

few
hours
Kobe

Kobe
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kobe trip tool .

Kobe is very close to Osaka. In November, daytime highs in Kobe are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. On the 10th (Sun), you're off toBeppu.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks Museums

1
night
Beppu

Beppu
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Beppu driving holiday site .

Traveling by flight from Kobe to Beppu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. November in Beppu sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 52°F at night. On the 11th (Mon), you're off toFukuoka.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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.
To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fukuoka online vacation maker .

You can drive from Beppu to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. On the 13th (Wed), you're off toKagoshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

2
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.
To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kagoshima sightseeing site .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kagoshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November in Kagoshima, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 48°F at night. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Historic Sites Museums

11
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo
For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel route planner .

Getting from Kagoshima to Tokyo by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll set off for home on the 26th (Tue).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

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