54 days in Japan Itinerary

54 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naha
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Kagoshima
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 6 nights
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Motobu-cho

— 2 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.
Take a break from Motobu-cho with a short trip to Kouri Ohashi in Nakijin-son, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, head outdoors with Uppama Coast, take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, and walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Motobu-cho driving holiday planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Motobu-cho is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Motobu-cho due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in February, with highs in Motobu-cho at 22°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma), Nakagusuku-son (Nakagusuku Castle Ruins & Blue Sky) and Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, make a trip to Makishi Public Market, and get a new perspective on nature at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Naha trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Motobu-cho to Naha in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Motobu-cho in February, Naha is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, get great views at Cape Ongazaki, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Ishigaki takes 3.5 hours. February in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Kagoshima

— 2 nights

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): go for a walk through Sengan-en, then enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shiroyama, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Kagoshima Prefectural Office Observation Lobby, then contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myoken Shrine.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima road trip tool.

Getting from Ishigaki to Kagoshima by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. When traveling from Ishigaki in February, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Kagoshima: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

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.
When in Nagasaki, make a side trip to see Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, approximately Sasebo away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Glover Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, walk around Inasayama Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki online attractions planner.

You can take a train from Kagoshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In February, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
On the 24th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Hiroshima trip simple and quick.

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. February in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Osaka

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Kobe (Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, &more), Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get engrossed in the history at Peace Osaka, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Byodoin (in Uji) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 5 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chubu Park (in Toin-cho), Ise (Sengukan, Ise Grand Shrine, &more) and Mt. Miyaji (in Toyokawa). The adventure continues: make a trip to Nagoya Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, take in the pleasant sights at Kawatsu Cherry Blossom Avenue (Shinshiro), and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Nagoya day trip tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Nagoya by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Sanmachi Suji). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Neagarimatsu, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and stop by Nagamachi Neighborhood.

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You can drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kanazawa, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi

— 3 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Explore Yamanouchi-machi's surroundings by going to Myoko (Suginohara, Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort, &more) and Kijimadaira Ski Resort (in Kijimadaira-mura). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, fly down the slopes at Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and head outdoors with Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Kanazawa to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

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 it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, relax and rejuvenate at ARONA SPA, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Sapporo

— 6 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Otaru Canal (in Otaru), Noboribetsu (Spas, Jigokudani, &more) and Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Odori Park, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower.

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You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for much colder days in Sapporo, with highs around 1°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Tours · Classes · Museums

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.