52 days in Japan Itinerary

52 days in Japan Itinerary

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52 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Naha
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
6
Takamatsu
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
8
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
bus + train:  1​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

5
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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

5
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, historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki.

Discover how to plan a Ishigaki trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Tokyo to Ishigaki by flight takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect nights in Ishigaki to be much warmer, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

5
nights
Naha

Naha ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, & more), Nakijin-son (Aiai Farm, Kouri Ohashi, & more) and Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, explore the striking landscape at Cape Manzamo, examine the collection at Haebaru Town Museum, and don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Naha trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Naha can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son, Yonabaru-cho, Onna-son, Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum
Highlights from your plan
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagasaki: Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch & Mt. Yumihari). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, see the interesting displays at Dejima, and step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki travel route planner.

You can fly from Naha to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Naha in January, you will find days in Nagasaki are little chillier (11°C), and nights are cooler (4°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Mizuho Highland (in Ohnan-cho) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima tour planning tool .

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mizuho Highland
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

5
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takamatsu: Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Japanese Rural Toy Museum), Kotohira-cho (Kotohira-gu & Kotohiragu shrine office) and Zentsuji (Kyu Zentsujikaikosya & Nogi Museum). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Bizan Ropeway Summit Observatory Deck, don't miss a visit to Zuiganji Temple, and examine the collection at Yoshinogawa City Misato Firefly Center.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu route maker tool .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Zentsuji, Kotohira-cho, Tokushima, Okayama
Highlights from your plan
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

3
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.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso), Bizen (Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei & Hattoji Furusatomura) and Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Tarumino Ozakura, fly down the slopes at Wakasu Kogen Oya Ski Area, and steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Himeji trip website .

Traveling by train from Takamatsu to Himeji takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Himeji sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Yabu, Bizen, Kunimi no Mori Park, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Daisen Outlook
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara), Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Kyoto sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), & more), Ski Jam Katsuyama (in Katsuyama) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Kanazawa, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Winter Sports

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Ski Jam Katsuyama, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Otaru Canal (in Otaru), Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place (in Kutchan-cho) and Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura). There's much more to do: walk around Odori Park, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo day trip website .

Getting from Kanazawa to Sapporo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Kanazawa in February, expect Sapporo to be little chillier, temps between -1°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, Otaru Canal, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, Rusutsu Resort Ski
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ito (Ikeda museum of 20th century art & Izu Glass and Craft Museum), Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck (in Yamanakako-mura) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Mount Fuji, admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi journey builder site .

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Hakone-machi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Traveling from Sapporo in February, expect Hakone-machi to be somewhat warmer, temps between 5°C and 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ito, Izu, Atagawa Bananawani Garden Bunen, Mount Fuji, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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