54 days in Japan & Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise Itinerary

54 days in Japan & Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise Itinerary

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Fly to Naha Airport / JASDF Naha Air Base, Drive to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 6 nights
Fly
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto, Japan
— 7 nights
Train
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Nagoya, Japan
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 6 nights
Fly
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 6 nights
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Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Saint-Étienne-Bouthéon Airport, Drive to Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise
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Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise, France
— 3 nights
Drive to Saint-Étienne-Bouthéon Airport, Fly to Tlemcen

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Motobu-cho, Japan

— 5 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.
Attractions like Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Cape Manzamo make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Onna-son (Manza Beach & Kariyushi Beach), Shurijo Castle (in Naha) and Okuma Beach (in Kunigami-son). The adventure continues: stroll through Minna Beach, kick back and relax at Nirai Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, and make a trip to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Motobu-cho day trip planning app.

Tlemcen, Algeria to Motobu-cho is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Tlemcen to Motobu-cho is 9 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Tlemcen in October since evenings lows in Motobu-cho dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Miyakojima, Japan

— 6 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Family-friendly places like Yonaha Maehama Beach and Irabu Ohashi will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, stroll through Aragusuku Beach, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, and don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can fly to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Hiroshima, Japan

— 3 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine), Katsuragahama Beach (in Kure) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, take in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima online attractions planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Miyakojima in November, plan for slightly colder days in Hiroshima, with highs around 20°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kyoto, Japan

— 7 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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (in Osaka). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and visit Arashiyama.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto journey builder app.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Nagoya, Japan

— 6 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Nagoya Castle and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Ise (Oharai-machi, Ise Grand Shrine, &more), Chubu Park (in Toin-cho) and Toba (Mikimoto Pearl Island & Toba Aquarium). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Nagoya trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in November, you will find days in Nagoya are slightly colder (16°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kanazawa, Japan

— 6 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Attractions like Takayama Jinya and Sanmachi Suji make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, &more) and Amagozen Cape (in Kaga). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planning app.

Drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo, Japan

— 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.
Bring the kids along to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Tower. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo route builder website.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Hakone-machi, Japan

— 6 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kids will enjoy The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Fuji-Q Highland. Venture out of the city with trips to Odawara Castle (in Odawara), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Lake Kawaguchi & Oishi Park) and Yamanakako Hananomiyako Park (in Yamanakako-mura). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, stop by Sengokuhara, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Omuro.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise, France

— 3 nights
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): experience rural life at Ferme Gaec de l'Oiseau and then find something for the whole family at Vulcania. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Murol and then get to know the resident critters at Parc Animalier d'Auvergne.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise online tour itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hakone-machi to Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise. The time zone difference when traveling from Hakone-machi to Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Hakone-machi in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 0°C in Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise

Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Outdoors

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.