53 days in Japan Itinerary

53 days in Japan Itinerary

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Miyakojima
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Iriomote-jima
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Ferry to Ishigaki, Fly to Osaka Kansai, Train to Nachikatsura-cho
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
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Ise
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Ito
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 3 nights
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Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
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Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Naha Airport, Drive to Kunigami-son
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Naha
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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll get in some beach time at Nakanoshima Beach and Toguchi no Hama. Visiting Yabiji and Aragusuku Beach will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: go for a walk through Imugya Marine Garden, get outside with Sawada no hama Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Miyakojima road trip planning website.

Singapore, Singapore to Miyakojima is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Miyakojima, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nosoko Mape and Kuroshima V-Gorge. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Island Countryside Settlement and Taketomi Folk Art Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kuro-shima (Nakamoto Beach & Iko Pier) and Kohama-jima (Hairumubushi Beach, Ubutaki Lookouts, &more). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, make a trip to Cape Ongazaki, get outside with Kaiji Beach, and head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Relax by the water at Ida no Hama Beach and Hoshisuna Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Pinaisara Falls and Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Barasu Island, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Komi, and enjoy the sand and surf at Haemida Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima tour itinerary tool.

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

1
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Nachikatsura-cho

The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and train from Iriomote-jima to Nachikatsura-cho in 10.5 hours. While traveling from Iriomote-jima, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nachikatsura-cho, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Nature

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Ise

A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Shrine Geku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): make a trip to Meotoiwa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ise online travel route planner.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Ise, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mt. Wakakusa and Shimogamo Jinja. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Toshodai-ji Temple, &more), Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's lots more to do: laugh and play at Amanohashidate View Land, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Ise to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ise in July: highs in Kyoto hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can take a train to Ito.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Ito

Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiunkaku and Satta-toge Pass. Explore hidden gems such as Shirahama Beach and Tatadohama Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ito: Izusan Jinja Shrine (in Atami), Shiraito Falls (in Fujinomiya) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Yumigahama Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Omuro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mishima Taisha, and explore the activities along Jogasaki Coast.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ito trip builder website.

Take a train from Kyoto to Ito in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Kyoto in August, you will find days in Ito are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ito

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Oarai Isosaki Shrine and teamLab☆Planets. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Kencho-ji Temple), Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai) and Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashima Jingu, stop by Kagurazaka, take in the architecture and design of University of Tokyo, and examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo online route planner.

Traveling by car from Ito to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Nikko

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yudaki Falls and Yunoko Lake. Get some cultural insight at Yomeimon (Main Gate) and Ryuzu Waterfall. Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. The adventure continues: make a trip to Nikko Station, take in the pleasant sights at Senjogahara Field, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nikko: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Hakuba-mura

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.
On the 15th (Sun), fly down the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, then fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, then take a stroll through Hakuba, and finally get outside with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hakuba-mura tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Hakuba-mura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Hakuba-mura can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

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Sapporo

CIty of Ramen

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 The Hokkaido University Museum and Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hokkaido Jingu and Royce' Chocolate World. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Furano (Furano Ski Resort & Ningle Terrace). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Moiwa.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Hakuba-mura to Sapporo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. While traveling from Hakuba-mura, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Visiting Niseko Hanazono Resort and Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kutchan-cho: Niseko-cho (Niseko Village Ski Resort & Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area) and Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura). It doesn't end there: walk around Fukidashi Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kutchan-cho visit planning app.

Drive from Sapporo to Kutchan-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Kutchan-cho can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kunigami-son.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Kunigami-son

Although the village of Kunigami-son spreads across a large area, it remains sparsely populated, with lots of wild land protected from development.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Okinawa Ishi no Bunka Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Daisekirinzan, take some stellar pictures from Cape Hedo, then examine the collection at Yambaru Wildlife Center Ufugi Nature Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Okushuraku. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Uzahama Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yonahadake, take in the dramatic scenery at Hiji Waterfall, then get outside with Okuma Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Ogimi Village Bashofu Hall.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kunigami-son online journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Kutchan-cho to Kunigami-son with the Route module. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in August, expect Kunigami-son to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Naha.

Things to do in Kunigami-son

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

4
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Naha

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Himeyuri Peace Museum and Nakijin Castle Ruins. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Street Kart Okinawa. Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, &more), Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri & Okinawa Peace Memorial Park) and Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala, don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fukushu-en Garden.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Naha driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kunigami-son to Naha takes 2.5 hours. August in Naha sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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.