52 days in Japan Itinerary

52 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
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Sapporo

— 4 nights

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden (in Sobetsu-cho), Noboribetsu (Jigokudani & Spas) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, take a stroll through Susukino, and get great views at Mt. Moiwa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Sapporo trip itinerary maker app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Sapporo is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, Sapporo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 6 nights
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 to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Odaiba District, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in September, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Joren Waterfall (in Izu), Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine (in Fujiyoshida) and Ito (Izu Glass and Craft Museum, Ikeda museum of 20th century art, &more). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and explore the galleries of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in September, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 5 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano), Kobayashi Farm (in Obuse-machi) and Takayama (Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), Takayama Jinya, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hotaka Mountain Range, look for gifts at Hanakomichi, and admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Matsumoto online route maker.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan), Nanto (Gokayama & Spas) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, explore the activities along Mikurigaike Pond, and relax in the rural setting at Yamafuji Vineyard & Horizon Winery.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 6 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto route planning site.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Osaka

— 5 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kobe (Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum & Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution), Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and walk around Itami Sky Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip planning site.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji travel route planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 22nd (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Nagasaki

— 3 nights

City of Peace

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Take a break from Nagasaki with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, see the interesting displays at Dejima, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck.

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Take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ishigaki

— 5 nights
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, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, walk around Banna Park, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Nagasaki in October, things will get a bit warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Motobu-cho

— 4 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Onna-son (Cape Manzamo, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, experience rural life at Aiai Farm, kick back and relax at Minna Beach, and head outdoors with Emerald Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Motobu-cho trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. October in Motobu-cho sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 4th (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.