52 days in Japan Itinerary

52 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
2
Sapporo
— 3 nights
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
4
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
7
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
8
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
9
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
10
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
11
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
12
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
13
Motobu-cho
— 5 nights

3
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rusutsu Resort Ski and Niseko Hanazono Resort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kutchan-cho: Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, stroll around Fukidashi Park, and explore the activities along Lake Toya.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kutchan-cho vacation planner.

Santiago, Chile to Kutchan-cho is an approximately 37-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Chile Standard Time (CLT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 13 hour difference. April in Kutchan-cho sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, Rusutsu Resort Ski, Fukidashi Park, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Lake Toya
Highlights from your plan
Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt. Moiwa and Royce' Chocolate World. When in Sapporo, make a side trip to see Lake Shikotsu in Chitose, approximately Chitose away. The adventure continues: stroll through Okurayama Lookout, contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum, and walk around Odori Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo day trip planning app.

You can drive from Kutchan-cho to Sapporo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Chitose
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Moiwa ©
Mt. Moiwa
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38 ©
Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tokyo National Museum and Fukagawa Edo Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and visit Odaiba District.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sapporo in April, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

4
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 Kanda house and Takayama Jinya. Venture out of the city with trips to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi), Nanto (Gokayama & Suganuma Gassho Community) and Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa day trip planning site.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kanazawa, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Tenshukakau Observatory ©
Tenshukakau Observatory

4
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 Kennin-ji Temple and Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Universal Studios Japan about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

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

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and The Cenotaph. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Kure (JMSDF Kure Museum & Yamato Museum), Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Daishoin Temple) and Miyajima (Mt. Misen & Momijidani Park). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Kintaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, thendon't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, and finally don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi. On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, and then head outdoors with Seibu Trail.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip planning site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, Yakushima-cho is a bit warmer at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kujuku Island and Inasayama Observation Deck. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagasaki: Sasebo (Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara, &more) and Unzen (Unzen Nita Pass, Unzen Jigoku (Unzen Hell), &more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, don't miss a visit to Glover Sky Road, observe the fascinating underwater world at Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium, and contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip maker site.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Nagasaki in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Yakushima-cho in April since evenings lows in Nagasaki dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sasebo, Unzen
Highlights from your plan
Kujuku Island ©
Kujuku Island
Tenkaiho ©
Tenkaiho
Inasayama Observation Deck ©
Inasayama Observation Deck

3
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shirakawa Springs and Daikanbo. Change things up with these side-trips from Takachiho-cho: Taketa (Oka Castle Ruins & Nyuta Nakashima Park), Kikuchi Gorge (in Kikuchi) and Kusasenrigahama (in Aso). The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, take in the pleasant sights at Takachihokyo Passage, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, and get impressive views of Mt. Aso.

Plan trip to Takachiho-cho with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Nagasaki to Takachiho-cho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. May in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketa, Aso, Mt. Aso, Shirakawa Springs, Kikuchi Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Shirakawa Springs ©
Shirakawa Springs
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Explore hidden gems such as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Ida no Hama Beach. Next up on the itinerary: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, identify plant and animal life at Amitori Asaba, and step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima online attractions planner.

Fly from Takachiho-cho to Iriomote-jima in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Takachiho-cho in May, with highs in Iriomote-jima at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kondoi Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Iko Pier (in Kuro-shima) and Ubutaki Lookouts (in Kohama-jima). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki, stroll around Banna Park, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, and explore the activities along Kabira Bay.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki planner.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. May in Ishigaki sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement, Iko Pier, Ubutaki Lookouts
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cape Ongazaki ©
Cape Ongazaki

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Irabu Ohashi and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, make a trip to East Henna Cape, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Miyakojima are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bise no Fukugi Tree Road and Nakijin Castle Ruins. Venture out of the city with trips to Uruma (Kafu Banta & Katsuren Castle Ruins), Busena Beach (in Nago) and Kunigami-son (Hiji Waterfall, Cape Hedo, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, stroll through Cape Manzamo, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Motobu-cho takes 6 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Motobu-cho, with lows around °C. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kunigami-son, Uruma, Nakijin-son, Onna-son, Sefa-Utaki
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road
Katsuren Castle Ruins ©
Katsuren Castle Ruins

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