56 days in Japan Itinerary

56 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route builder

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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Nikko
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Nagoya
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Fukuoka
— 5 nights
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Naha
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki
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Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore Hakone-machi's surroundings by going to Odawara Castle Tenshukaku (in Odawara) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, and steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary app.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Hakone-machi is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Jakarta to Hakone-machi, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Jakarta in March: high temperatures in Hakone-machi hover around 9°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 7 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). Have a day of magic on the 14th (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in March: highs in Tokyo hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Nikko

— 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Kakumambuchi in Maebashi (about 1h 15 min away). Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, walk around Sanbonmatu Park, and go for a walk through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nikko day trip site.

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are little chillier, around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa day trip planning app.

Take a train from Nikko to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nikko in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Kanazawa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Ise (Sarutahiko Shrine, Ise Grand Shrine, &more), Mt. Garyu Gyoukiji Temple (in Kaizu) and Nisshin Civic Hall (in Nisshin). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Nabana no Sato, and relax in the rural setting at Maruu Toyama Farm.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Nagoya trip planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Nagoya. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately Nara away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip tool.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more), Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Mt. Koya). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Kuromon Market, and see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

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

Drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in April, plan for little chillier days in Himeji, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Kurume (Kyoho Winery, Kurume Tsubaki Park, &more), Yame (Greenpia Yame & Ishizumi Rice Terraces) and Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, walk around Maizuru Park, and make a trip to Shima Sunset Road.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka day trip tool.

Getting from Hiroshima to Fukuoka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Naha.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Naha

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naha: American Village (in Chatan-cho), Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more) and Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling, Cape Manzamo, &more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, enjoy breathtaking views from Kouri Ocean Tower, and go for a walk through Cape Chinen Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Naha online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Naha takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Fukuoka in April; daily highs in Naha reach 28°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Ishigaki

— 6 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, beaches, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, enjoy the sea views from Oganzaki Lighthouse, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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.