54 days in Japan Itinerary

54 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours
Fly
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Karuizawa-machi
— 2 nights
Train to Sendai(Miyagi/Jr), Bus to Yamagata
3
Yamagata
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly
5
Teshikaga-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Shari-cho
— 5 nights
Fly to Komatsu Airport / JASDF Komatsu Air Base, Drive to Kaga
7
Kaga
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Takayama
— 4 nights
Drive
10
Nachikatsura-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
11
Kurashiki
— 3 nights
Drive
12
Matsue
— 2 nights
Drive
13
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train to Bungo-Ogi, Taxi to Takachiho-cho
14
Takachiho-cho
— 5 nights
Drive
15
Beppu
— 2 nights
Train
16
Kagoshima
— 3 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16

2
nights
Tokyo

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 discover tucked-away gems like Kinchakuda Manjushage Park and Hozomon. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, examine the collection at Ota Memorial Museum of Art, explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo route planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from San Francisco in September, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

2
nights
Karuizawa-machi

The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): play a few rounds at Karuizawa 72Golf North Course and then stroll around Hanareyama Park. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Suwa Shrine, admire the sheer force of Asama Otaki Fall, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ike no Taira Shitsugen.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Karuizawa-machi trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in September: high temperatures in Karuizawa-machi hover around 75°F and lows are around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yamagata.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Golf · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
nights
Yamagata

The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Basho Monument, don't miss a visit to Large Ginkgo Tree in Yamadera, then contemplate the waterfront views at Dokkonuma Swamp, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Deshio Monjudo, and finally make a trip to Senshinan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): make a trip to Senshoji Temple, then look for gifts at Yamagataken Kanko Bussan Kaikan, and then head outdoors with Shiginoya Chinuma.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Yamagata trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Karuizawa-machi to Yamagata in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Yamagata

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

5
nights
Sapporo

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt. Yotei and Sapporo Art Museum. The adventure continues: walk around Asahiyama Kinen Koen, contemplate the waterfront views at Soseigawa River, get a sense of history and politics at Hokkaido Governor's Official Residence, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Shrine Tongu.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip planner.

Fly from Yamagata to Sapporo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Yamagata in September, you will find days in Sapporo are a bit cooler (68°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

4
nights
Teshikaga-cho

A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory and Thermal Spas. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kussharo, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ikenoyu, examine the collection at Kawayu Eco Museum Center, and don't miss a visit to Kawayu Onsen Station.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Teshikaga-cho online travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Teshikaga-cho takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Teshikaga-cho when traveling from Sapporo in September, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

5
nights
Shari-cho

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt. Shari and Onnebetsu River. Venture out of the city with trips to Notsuke Peninsula Natural Flower Garden (in Betsukai-cho), Rausu-cho (Lake Rausu & Rusa Field House) and Ippon no Michi (in Kiyosato-cho). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Raiun Shrine, walk around Pereke River Shore Park, admire the masterpieces at Kita no Alp Art Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Io.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Shari-cho tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kaga.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

2
nights
Kaga

Lying at the foot of one of Japan's holy volcanic mountains, the charming city of Kaga draws visitors with its onsens and lovely temples.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Amagozen Cape, then admire the natural beauty at Kitamae Senshuyashiki Zorokuen, then see the interesting displays at Kitamaebune Ship Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kyuya Fukada Yama no Bunkakan. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Kaga Fruit Land and then don't miss a visit to Great sugi of Kayano.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaga tour planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shari-cho to Kaga. Traveling from Shari-cho in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Kaga: highs are around 70°F and lows about 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Kaga

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Nature

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at MIBORO Dam Side Park MIBORO Electricity Museum/Shokawa Zakura Memorial and then take a stroll through Ogimachi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Myozenji Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa-mura trip builder site.

Getting from Kaga to Shirakawa-mura by car takes about 2 hours. In October in Shirakawa-mura, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

4
nights
Takayama

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Karasawa Carl. Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Tateyama-machi (Daikanbo, Shomyo Falls, &more), Pond Tashiro (in Matsumoto) and Osakacho Waterfalls (in Gero). There's much more to do: Head underground at Hida Great Limestone Cave and Ohashi Collection Kan Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiou-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, and take in the pleasant sights at Norikura Summit Tatamidaira.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Takayama trip planning app.

Drive from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Takayama are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

3
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kinomatsushima Island and Fudarakusanji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Nachi Forest, look for gifts at Katsuura Nigiwai Market, kick back and relax at Kujirahama Beach, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho day trip planner.

Drive from Takayama to Nachikatsura-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Takayama in October since evenings lows in Nachikatsura-cho dip to 66°F. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

3
nights
Kurashiki

A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
On the 22nd (Tue), get curious at Life Park Kurashiki Science Center, then take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Washu Observation Deck, then contemplate the long history of Former Nozakike House, and finally take a memorable drive along Mt. Washuzan Park (Foremer Mt. Washuzan Skyline). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Chichibugahama Beach and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saikokuji Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kurashiki trip planner.

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kurashiki in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kurashiki, with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Matsue.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): stop by Rihaku Shuzo. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Oni no Shitaburui, take an in-depth tour of Yakumotatsu Fudokinooka, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sada Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Gogin Karakoro Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Matsue day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kurashiki to Matsue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Matsue can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

5
nights
Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore hidden gems such as Taikodani Inari Shrine and Motoyasu River. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach & Paddle Park), Oidani Tanada (in Yoshika-cho) and Mochiishi Seacoast (in Masuda). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, see the sky in a new way at Hiroshima Children's Museum, and explore the activities along Setonaikai.

To find ratings and tourist information, read Hiroshima itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Matsue to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

5
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kunimigaoka and Ikeyama Springs. Take a break from Takachiho-cho with a short trip to Hiibachi Falls in Taketa, about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Aratate Shrine, make a trip to Akimoto Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Tamatare Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho tour site.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Beppu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

2
nights
Beppu

The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get outside with Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, explore the activities along Shidakako Lake, and then admire the landmark architecture of B-Con Plaza, Global Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): examine the collection at Oita Fragrance Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center, take a leisurely stroll along Beppu International Tourism Port, take in panoramic vistas at Jumonjibaru Observation Deck, then take in the natural beauty of Tsurunoyu, and finally shop like a local with Select Beppu.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Beppu sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Beppu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Beppu sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Beppu

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

3
nights
Kagoshima

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): examine the collection at Satsuma Denshokan, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fushime Coast, and then appreciate the history behind Yasurakani, Statue of Mother. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Kirishima Open-Art Museum and then admire the sheer force of Sogi Fall.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from Beppu to Kagoshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Kagoshima are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

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.