52 days in Japan Itinerary

52 days in Japan Itinerary

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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Takachiho-cho
— 4 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
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Toyooka
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Nagano
— 4 nights
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Shari-cho
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights

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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 Toguchi no Hama and Irabu-jima Island. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Shimojiiima Island. There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, and don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

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

Auckland, New Zealand to Miyakojima is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In November, Miyakojima is a bit warmer than Auckland - with highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Must see
Toguchi no Hama
4.6
Reef
Yabiji
4.8
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.6

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 16th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On your second day here, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and then head outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima visit planning app.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 5.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks
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Waterfall
Pinaisara Falls
4.8
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Waterfall
Mizuochi Falls
4.5

5
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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.
Head to Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Artfor some retail therapy. Take a break from the city and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Kayaking & Canoeing. Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Kuro-shima to see Nakamoto Beach about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip builder app.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. November in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

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Must see
Cape Hirakubozaki
4.5
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Beach
Kondoi Beach
4.5
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.2

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Amano Iwato Shrine and Amano Yasugawara. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Oka Castle Ruins and Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus. Explore Takachiho-cho's surroundings by going to Nabegataki Falls (in Oguni-machi), Aso (Daikanbo, Kusasenrigahama, &more) and Ogi Rice Terraces (in Ubuyama-mura). The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, admire the sheer force of Harajiri Falls, contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Takachiho-cho by flight takes about 7.5 hours. When traveling from Ishigaki in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Takachiho-cho, with highs around 19°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Must see
Takachiho Gorge
4.5
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Religious Site
Takachiho Shrine
4.4

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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 27th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, hike along Seibu Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car, train, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Yakushima-cho: highs are around 24°C and lows about 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Yakusugi Land
4.6
Waterfall
Oko no Taki Fall
4.7

5
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Daishoin Temple and Yamato Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Ohara Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more) and Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tomo no Ura, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima itinerary maker app.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Yakushima-cho in November; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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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.
Shop till you drop at Dotombori District and Daimaru Museum Umeda. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Koyasan Okunoin (in Koya-cho), Ise (Oharai-machi, Ise Shrine Geku, &more) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyoto road trip app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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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 9th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): make a trip to Daimonzaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and then make a trip to Hashigui Rock.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nachikatsura-cho, with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Kamikura Shrine
4.6
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Religious Site
Kumano Hayatama Taisha
4.2

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Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
On the 11th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onitakeinari Shrine, observe the fascinating underwater world at Kinosaki Marine World, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): snap pictures at Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki, then see the interesting displays at Toyooka City Konotori Bunkakan, then steep yourself in history at Takeda Castle Ruins, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Toyooka Sanchoku Magokoro Market.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Toyooka journey maker.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Toyooka in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in December, expect Toyooka to be a bit cooler, temps between 9°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Thermal Spa
Thermal Spas
4.1

5
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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Higashiyama Walking Course. Step out of the city life by going to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Takayama Jinya (in Takayama), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Maruoka Castle (in Sakai). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Ainokura Gassho Community, stop by Higashichaya Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip builder tool.

Getting from Toyooka to Kanazawa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Haruna Shrine and Onsen Resorts. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Ganshoin Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Nagano side-trips: Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura), Kaio-in Temple (in Komoro) and Hokusai-kan (in Obuse-machi). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Karuizawa Kogen Church, hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and pause for some photo ops at Stone Church.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagano sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Nagano in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in December, things will get a bit cooler in Nagano: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Haruna Shrine
4.6
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Religious Site
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
4.6

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Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Get in touch with nature at Kaminoko Pond and Road to Heaven. Explore hidden gems such as Notsuke Peninsula and Shiretoko National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Shari-cho: Ippon no Michi (in Kiyosato-cho), Abashiri Prison Museum (in Abashiri) and Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, Lake Mashu, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, and make a trip to Shiretoko Misaki.

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You can do a combination of train, tram, and flight from Nagano to Shari-cho in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nagano in December; daily highs in Shari-cho reach 0°C and lows reach -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Water Body
Shiretoko Goko Lake
4.4
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National Park
Shiretoko National Park
4.7

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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.
Head to Pola Museum of Art and Yokohama Minato Mirai 21for some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Tokyo National Museum. Step out of Tokyo to go to Gotemba and see Gotemba Premium Outlets, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, visit Odaiba District, wander the streets of Takeshita Street, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Shari-cho to Tokyo in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Shari-cho in December, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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National Park
Pola Museum of Art
4.4

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