56 days in Japan Itinerary

56 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

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Tokyo
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 52 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): examine the collection at Samurai Museum and then kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo driving holiday planner.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. In March, Tokyo is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Kyoto

— 2 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.
On the 30th (Sat), stroll through Mt. Kurama, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then gear up at Fuuka-Kimono, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Osaka

— 52 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.
Get outdoors at Mt. Rokko and Tannowa Beach. Visit Nigatsu-do Temple and Hase-dera Temple for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Kamuro Karukayado (in Hashimoto), Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nara National Museum, &more) and Yoshino-cho (Yoshimizu Shrine, Mt. Yoshino, &more). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashihara Jingu, stroll around Kemasakuranomiya Park, and get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Osaka road trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

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.