52 days in Japan Itinerary

52 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner

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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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Sasebo
— 3 nights
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Naha
— 5 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Hakuba-mura
— 5 nights
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 4 nights
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Sapporo

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Mt. Yotei Spring Water (in Makkari-mura), Niseko-cho (Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area & Niseko Outdoor Center) and Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip itinerary tool.

Kalamazoo, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kalamazoo to Sapporo is 14 hours. While traveling from Kalamazoo, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 29°F to lows of 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Sasebo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Sasebo

— 3 nights
With its U.S. Navy base, Sasebo has certainly developed pockets with an international feel: in downtown, often known as Sailor Town, you'll happen upon a number of eateries serving American-style hamburgers.
Get out of town with these interesting Sasebo side-trips: Nagasaki (Sōfuku-ji Temple, Glover Garden, &more). Pack the 4th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Huis Ten Bosch. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ohashikannonji, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy breathtaking views from Ishidake Observatory, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yumihari.

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You can fly from Sapporo to Sasebo in 7.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in March: highs in Sasebo hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Naha

— 5 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naha: Blue Sky (in Nakagusuku-son), Nanjo (Sangui, Sefa-Utaki, &more) and Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Cape Manzamo). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, appreciate the views at Valley of Gangala, don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, and get outside with Toyosaki Kaihin Koen.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Naha travel planning website.

Getting from Sasebo to Naha by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sasebo in March, with highs in Naha at 70°F and lows at 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 Motobu-cho's surroundings by going to Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son), Nago (Fukugawa Falls, Nago citizen Beach, &more) and Ginoza Roadside Station (in Ginoza-son). There's much more to do: meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, experience rural life at Aiai Farm, don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Naha to Motobu-cho in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Naha in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 57°F in Motobu-cho. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, and kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Motobu-cho in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ishigaki, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Osaka

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle), Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) (in Kobe) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotombori District, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Osaka holiday maker.

Getting from Ishigaki to Osaka by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ishigaki in March: highs in Osaka hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). The adventure continues: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Nagase house, &more), Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida) and Ski Jam Katsuyama (in Katsuyama). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and make a trip to Kanazawa Station.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online travel route builder.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for little chillier days in Kanazawa, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura

— 5 nights
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakuba-mura: Itoigawa Seaside Ski Resort (in Itoigawa), Otari-mura (Hakubaoike & Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort) and Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Snow Monkey Resorts). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, get outside with Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort, and wander the streets of Hakuba.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hakuba-mura trip builder site.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Hakuba-mura in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In April in Hakuba-mura, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi

— 4 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yamanouchi-machi: Nozawaonsen-mura (Nozawa Onsen & Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort), Myoko (Akakura Onsen Ski Area, Akakan Ski Area, &more) and Iiyama (Amidado & Numanohara Wetlands). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, hit the slopes at Shiga Kogen, and get outside with Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi attractions website.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Yamanouchi-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Yamanouchi-machi, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea) and Takasu Kaihin Park (in Urayasu). The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo journey site.

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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.