54 days in Japan Itinerary

54 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 5 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
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Toyooka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Fly
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Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Nikko
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Nikko
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Ishigaki

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Hirakubozaki and Sunset Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kuroshima Research Institute and Nei Museum of Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Kohama-jima (Kubazaki Beach, Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, &more) and Kuro-shima (Nishinohama, Nakamoto Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Yonehara Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki vacation site.

Milan, Italy to Ishigaki is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Milan in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 32°C in Ishigaki. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visiting Hoshisuna Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Ida no Hama Beach and Haemida Beach. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Todomari Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Funauki Village, head outdoors with Iriomotejima Kaigetsu, and admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima holiday maker app.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Yukishio Museum and Underground Dam Museum. We've included these beaches for you: Sunayama Beach and Nagamahama Beach Coast. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nakanoshima Beach, examine the collection at Miyakojima Sea Treasure Museum, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can fly to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Onna-son

— 5 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
You'll get in some beach time at Sun Marina Beach and Kariyushi Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kemmin no Mori Forest Science Museum and Nago Catholic Church. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Nirai Beach (in Yomitan-son), Kouri Beach (in Nakijin-son) and Okuma Beach (in Kunigami-son). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, kick back and relax at Imadomari Beach, and stroll through Manza Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Onna-son day trip tool.

Getting from Miyakojima to Onna-son by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
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.
On the 24th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land, then take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mocchomudake, then stop by Pontankan, then admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, and finally stroll through Anbo River.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bay Side Beach Saka and Mikasahama Beach. Shop till you drop at Schmoe House and Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Senjokaku, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

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Do a combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

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 Koyasan Okunoin and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kodai-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan & Kongobu-ji Temple). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and visit Gion.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planning site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Kyoto are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Nachikatsura-cho

— 1 night
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Ota Town Ishigaki Memorial Hall, see the interesting displays at Taiji Whale Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kujirahama Beach, then see the interesting displays at Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall, then stop by Katsuura Nigiwai Market, and finally don't miss a visit to Katsuura Kyochiho Oroshiuri Ichiba.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho road trip website.

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 September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nachikatsura-cho, with lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Museums · Shopping · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Toyooka

— 3 nights
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Street of Kinosaki Onsen and Uradome Coast. Visit Izushi Castle Town and Izushi Shrine for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Sakyu Center (in Tottori) and Iwami-cho (Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore, Uradome Coast Oguri beach beaches, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Hiyoriyama Seacoast, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onsenji Temple, steep yourself in history at Izushi Karo Yashiki, and make a trip to Hachigoro's Tojima Wetland.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Toyooka trip tool.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Toyooka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in September, expect Toyooka to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Toyooka

Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get outdoors at Mikawa Beach and Iwasehama Beach. Shop till you drop at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center and Sakuda Honten. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Sailboat Kaiwomaru (in Imizu), Toyama (THE SUIBOKU MUSEUM, TOYAMA & Toyama Glass Art Museum) and Komatsu (Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, Motorcar Museum of Japan, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirayama Hime Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kanda house, examine the collection at Dolls Museum, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online visit planner.

Getting from Toyooka to Kanazawa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to fly to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shari-cho

— 2 nights
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Visiting Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Oshin Koshin Falls will get you outdoors. Kita no Alp Art Museum and Raiun Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Shiretoko Beach, look for gifts at Shari Kobo Shiretokoya, take in the dramatic scenery at Sandan no Taki Fall, and explore the activities along Onnebetsu River.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho tour builder website.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Shari-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Kanazawa in September, expect Shari-cho to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Nikko

— 5 nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Taiyuimbyo Shrine and Cryptomeria Avenue are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Nasu Stained Glass Museum and Nikko Tosho-gu. Change things up with these side-trips from Nikko: Nasushiobara (Ryuka Waterfall, Onsen Resorts, &more), Nasu Yuzen Shrine (in Nasu-machi) and Utsunomiya (Tagesan Fudoson Temple, Tochigi Prefectural Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushido, and make a trip to Kanaya Hotel History House.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Nikko travel tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Shari-cho to Nikko takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In September, Nikko is somewhat warmer than Shari-cho - with highs of 29°C and lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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.
Appreciate the collections at Madame Tussauds Tokyo and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like teamLab☆Planets and Kencho-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yamanakako Bungaku no Mori Park (in Yamanakako-mura), Fujiyoshida (Tsutsujigahara Fujizakura Colony, Chureito Pagoda, &more) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Momiji Tunnel & Sankodai). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, stop by Kagurazaka, steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and wander the streets of Ueno District.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online trip builder.

Drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.