54 days in Japan Itinerary

54 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Koya-cho
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Okayama
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Kumamoto
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka
— 17 nights
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as ARONA SPA and Jonanjima SeasidePark. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kawasaki Daishi (in Kawasaki), Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama) and Minatomirai (Sky Garden & Yokohama Landmark Tower). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, don't miss a visit to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), get in on the family fun at Gundam Front Tokyo, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo travel route builder app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in February, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (12°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Chogatake, then hit the slopes at Mt. Norikura Snow Resort, and then head outdoors with Karasawa Carl. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Kirigamine Marshland, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nagamine, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Hikarujo.

Before you visit Matsumoto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in February, things will get slightly colder in Matsumoto: highs are around 4°C and lows about -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Meiho Ski Resort and then see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Shirakabe Dozogai, don't miss a visit to Hida Furukawa Old Town, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then take in the views from Nakabashi Bridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, use the Takayama trip itinerary app.

Getting from Matsumoto to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Ninna-ji Temple. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Takayama in February: highs in Kyoto hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Koya-cho

— 3 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yunokuchi Onsen and Doro River Valley. Explore Koya-cho's surroundings by going to Izumisano (Mt. Inunaki & Shipporyuji Temple), Negoro-ji Temple Daimon (in Iwade) and Hatenashi Shuraku (in Totsukawa-mura).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Koya-cho vacation maker app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Koya-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. February in Koya-cho sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Osaka

— 2 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.
On the 26th (Sat), observe the fascinating underwater world at Kobe Animal Kingdom, then examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, and then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Nakanoshima Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, then stop by Tower Knives Osaka, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

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Drive from Koya-cho to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daytime highs in Osaka are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Himeji

— 2 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Koko-en and Nojima Fault Preservation Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Amore Beach (in Akashi) and Kakurin-ji Temple (in Kakogawa). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Himeji trip maker website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Okayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Okayama

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 3rd (Thu), grab your bike and head to Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bicchukokubunji Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Washu Observation Deck, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Washu, and finally take a memorable drive along Great Seto Bridge. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Shin Okayama Port, examine the collection at Inujima Seirensho Art Museum, then head off the coast to Inujima, and finally admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Okayama tour planner.

Getting from Himeji to Okayama by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Himeji in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Okayama, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Daishoin Temple and Peace Flame. Change things up with a short trip to Senjokaku in Hatsukaichi (about 58 minutes away). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima route builder website.

Getting from Okayama to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Kumamoto

— 3 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shirakawa Springs and Monkey D. Luffy Statue. Step out of Kumamoto to go to Aso and see Kusasenrigahama, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Kumamoto Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and get your bearings at Sakuranobaba Johsaien.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kumamoto route builder site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kumamoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 3 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Inasayama Observation Deck and Catholic Nakamachi Church. Change things up with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of 26 Martyrs Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, and steep yourself in history at Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki day trip planning site.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Nagasaki in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Fukuoka

— 17 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kushida Shrine and Nagoya Castle Ruins. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuoka: Karatsu (Previously Karatsu Bank, Former Takatori House, &more), Kitakyushu (Kanmon Tunnel for Humans (Moji Side), Kanmon Kaikyo, &more) and Shimonoseki (Shimonoseki Former British Consulate, Hinoyama Park Turkey Tulip Garden, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station, get engrossed in the history at Munakata Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanzoin, and take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip planning site.

You can drive from Nagasaki to Fukuoka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Okayama Prefecture travel guide

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Gardens · Historic Walking Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites
Okayama Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on the main island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Okayama.HistoryPrior to the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the area of present-day Okayama Prefecture was divided between Bitchū, Bizen and Mimasaka Provinces. Okayama Prefecture was formed and named in 1871 as part of the large-scale administrative reforms of the early Meiji period (1868–1912), and the borders of the prefecture were set in 1876.GeographyOkayama Prefecture borders Hyōgo Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture, and Hiroshima Prefecture. It faces Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea and includes 90 islands in the sea.Okayama Prefecture is home to the historic town of Kurashiki. Most of the population is concentrated around Kurashiki and Okayama. The small villages in the northern mountain region are aging and declining in population - more than half of the prefectures municipalities are officially designated as depopulated.

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