54 days in Japan Itinerary

54 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote (Ohara Port)
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Iriomote-jima
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 7 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 6 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Bus to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 5 nights
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 9 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
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Drive to Toyama Airport, Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Timişoara Traian Vuia Airport

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Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
We've included these beaches for you: Ida no Hama Beach and Hoshisuna Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Pinaisara Falls and Todomari Beach. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, steep yourself in history at Residence of Niimori, kick back and relax at Maruma Beach, and admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima trip builder.

Timisoara, Romania to Iriomote-jima is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and ferry. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Timisoara to Iriomote-jima due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Timisoara in April, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Iriomote-jima: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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.
Get some historical perspective at Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nosoko Mape and Ubutaki Lookouts. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ishigaki: Kuro-shima (Fuki Beach, Iko Pier, &more) and Kohama-jima (Tumal Beach & Kubazaki Beach). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and get outside with Kaiji Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki road trip site.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Relax by the water at Toguchi no Hama and Aragusuku Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Ikema-jima Island. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Yabiji, enjoy breathtaking views from Makiyama Observatory, walk around Imugya Marine Garden, and go for a walk through Nishihenna Cape.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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Takachiho-cho

The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Get some historical perspective at Oka Castle Ruins and Takachiho Shrine. Discover out-of-the-way places like Manai Falls and Harajiri Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Takachiho-cho side-trips: Nabegataki Falls (in Oguni-machi), Aso (Kusasenrigahama & Daikanbo) and Kurokawa Onsen (in Minamioguni-machi). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, don't miss a visit to Shirakawa Springs, and go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Takachiho-cho takes 8 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in April, things will get little chillier in Takachiho-cho: highs are around 23°C and lows about 12°C. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

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Yakushima-cho

A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Get some historical perspective at Yaku Shrine and Yakushima Shrine. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seibu Trail and Okinasugi. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land, and enjoy the sand and surf at Nagata Inakahama.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip planner.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho by combination of car, train, and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Yakushima-cho, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Wakakusa and Amanohashidate. Explore hidden gems such as Ishibe Alley and Izanagi Shrine. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more), Hikone (Hikone Castle & Genkyuen Garden) and Awaji (Awajima Island Hachijouji & Joryu-ji Temple). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, find something for the whole family at Amanohashidate View Land, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Biwa.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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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 11th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, and then explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Nachikatsura-cho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
Hanano Iwaya Caves and Kotaiji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tsukiyominomiya and A street of Kawasaki. Get out of town with these interesting Ise side-trips: Onigajo (in Kumano) and Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck (in Shima). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, and contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ise trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Ise are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

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Shirakawa-mura

Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Kanda house, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, then don't miss a visit to Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, and finally take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Old Toyama Folk House Museum and then steep yourself in history at Shirakawago.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Shirakawa-mura trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Ise to Shirakawa-mura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in May, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Shirakawa-mura. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums

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Nozawaonsen-mura

Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
On the 19th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganshoin Temple, then fly down the slopes at Giant Ski Resort, then fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and finally get outside with Ichinose Family Ski Resort. On the next day, fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen and then fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nozawaonsen-mura trip planner.

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Nozawaonsen-mura in 4 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Nozawaonsen-mura can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

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Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Take a break from the city and head to Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area and Niseko Hanazono Resort. Step off the beaten path and head to Asahigaoka Ski Areas and Fukidashi Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kutchan-cho: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Niseko Village Ski Resort (in Niseko-cho). There's more to do: get outside with Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kutchan-cho trip maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nozawaonsen-mura to Kutchan-cho. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nozawaonsen-mura in May: high temperatures in Kutchan-cho hover around 17°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

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.