57 days in Japan Itinerary

57 days in Japan Itinerary

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57 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Naha
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Kagoshima
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
6
Himeji
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
7
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
10
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Sapporo
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Sydney

5
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get outside with Yarabudake, and walk around Kabira Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki route builder tool .

Sydney, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Ishigaki is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Sydney in December, plan for slightly colder days in Ishigaki, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

5
nights
Naha

Naha ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Nakijin-son (Aiai Farm, Kouri Ohashi, & more), Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki & Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo) and Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, & more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Makishi Public Market, and pause for some photo ops at Tomori no Ishibori Ufujishi.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Naha online vacation planner .

Fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son, Onna-son, Nanjo, Haebaru Town Museum
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch & Mt. Yumihari). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, and snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Naha to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Naha in December: high temperatures in Nagasaki hover around 13°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sasebo
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

5
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kagoshima: Minamikyushu (Sebira Park & Chiran Peace Museum), Dolphin Park (in Kushima) and Onsen Resorts (in Ibusuki). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, snap pictures at Sukimu Land, and take in nature's colorful creations at Haniwa Garden.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima itinerary website .

Take a train from Nagasaki to Kagoshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagasaki in December, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in Kagoshima. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minamikyushu, Miyazaki, Kirishima, Tadamoto Park, Onsen Resorts
Highlights from your plan
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Nagashima Museum ©
Nagashima Museum

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kosanji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online attractions planner .

You can take a train from Kagoshima to Hiroshima in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kosanji Temple, Kintaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

5
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Tottori Sand Dunes (in Tottori) and Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kuma, get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Himeji day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Himeji, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Mt. Kuma, Mt. Takamikura, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Tottori Sand Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

6
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana), Osaka (Dotonbori, Osaka Castle, & more) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation planning website .

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

5
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Mt. Mano (in Shizuoka), Jinchokan Moriya Archives (in Chino) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Ikeda museum of 20th century art, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in January: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 5°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Ikeda museum of 20th century art, Mount Fuji, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Mt. Mano
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

6
nights
Tokyo

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo road trip site .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kōtoku-in
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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: Takayama (Sanmachi Suji, Takayama Jinya, & more), Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more) and Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa vacation builder .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha, Ishikawa Jumoku Park
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

6
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place (in Kutchan-cho), Noboribetsu (Jigokudani & Noboribetsu Date Historic Village) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Odori Park, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Moiwa, and ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Sapporo fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Sapporo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kanazawa in February: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around -1°C and lows are around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Otaru Canal, Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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