53 days in Japan Itinerary

53 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Naha
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Naha
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 5 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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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, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki day trip app.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Ishigaki is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Ishigaki. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 7th (Mon), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Barasu Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, then head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and finally admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

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You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Naha

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Blue Cave), Tokashiki-son (Hanari Island, Aharen Beach, &more) and Motobu-cho (Minnajima Island, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, kick back and relax at Aka Beach, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gahijima Sand Dune.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Naha travel route planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Naha by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4.5 hours. In September in Naha, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Odaiba District, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Naha in September, things will get little chillier in Tokyo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Nikko

— 5 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nikko: Fukiwarenotaki Falls (in Numata), Katashina-mura (Tennozakura & Shigehachi) and Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya). Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sakana to Mori no Kansatsuen, don't miss a visit to Senjogahara Field, and take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nikko trip site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 4 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Okuniwa Nature Park (in Narusawa-mura), Sunset Falls (in Minamiashigara) and Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Lake Ashinoko). Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, cruise along Nishiizu Skyline, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Daruma, and take in panoramic vistas at Nakanokura Pass Observation Point.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nikko to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. When traveling from Nikko in September, plan for slightly colder days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Hida Takayama Museum of Art, &more) and Azumino (Mt. Nagamine & Mt. Hikarujo). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Jonen, examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), and delve into the lush surroundings at Tashiro Shitsugen.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Matsumoto day trip website.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Aratama Valley (in Komatsu), Mount Hakusan (in Hakusan) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa day trip app.

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online road trip planner.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Koya-cho

— 3 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Koya-cho side-trips: Kuriyama Family Residence (in Gojo), Takaminosato (in Higashiyoshino-mura) and Mt.Takami (in Matsusaka).

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Koya-cho sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Koya-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Matsue Swimming Beach (in Akashi), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Kobe (Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution & Nunohiki River Valley). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

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 19th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Himeji trip site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and have fun at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip tool.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

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.