56 days in Japan Itinerary

56 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Nikko
— 5 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 6 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto
— 6 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Koya-cho
— 4 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
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— 5 nights
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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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo holiday planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in September, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nikko: Katashina-mura (Tennozakura & Shigehachi) and Fukiwarenotaki Falls (in Numata). Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sakana to Mori no Kansatsuen.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Nikko day trip tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September in Nikko, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Inatori Ukiuki Beach (in Higashiizu-cho), Jurigi Highlands (in Susono) and Kinomiya Shrine (in Atami). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, don't miss a visit to Nishiura, cruise along Hakone Skyline, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

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Drive from Nikko to Hakone-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nikko in September, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Otaru (Otaru Canal & Tomioka Catholic Church) and Yoichi-cho (Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery & Asadaen Farm). And it doesn't end there: walk around Odori Park, get in on the family fun at Shiroi Koibito Park, explore the activities along Moerenuma Park, and fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

Plan a Sapporo trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Hakone-machi to Sapporo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Sapporo are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Theme 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 out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, &more), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Mt. Tateyama (in Tateyama-machi). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip builder app.

Getting from Sapporo to Kanazawa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Sapporo in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kanazawa, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 6 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Hokuto (Ojiragawa Valley & Shojigataki Falls), Azumino (Horigane Bussan Center, Mt. Nagamine, &more) and Hirasawa Pass (in Minamimaki-mura). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), and admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto online road trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Matsumoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Himeji.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji itinerary planner.

You can fly from Matsumoto to Himeji in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, Himeji is a bit warmer than Matsumoto - with highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Kyoto

— 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Imperial Hotel Plaza Osaka), Ibaraki City Cultural Museum (in Ibaraki) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, go for a walk through Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto visit planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Koya-cho

— 4 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Koya-cho side-trips: Asuka-mura (Asuka-dera Temple, Ishibutai Tomb, &more), Kashihara (Yamaoke Residence & Kashihara Jingu) and Yoshino-cho (Yoshimizu Shrine, Kinpusenji Temple, &more).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Koya-cho route app.

Drive from Kyoto to Koya-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to fly to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Motobu-cho

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Cape Zampa (in Yomitan-son), Onna-son (Blue Cave, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more) and Nakijin-son (Kouri Ocean Tower & Kouri Ohashi). Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, stroll through Emerald Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Akabaka Beach.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Motobu-cho tour itinerary builder app.

Getting from Koya-cho to Motobu-cho by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Koya-cho in October, expect Motobu-cho to be somewhat warmer, temps between 33°C and 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima (about 1h 55 min away). There's still lots to do: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sukuji Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · 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.