57 days in Japan Itinerary

57 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Nikko
— 6 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Shakotan-cho
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Shakotan-cho
— 1 night
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Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Osaka International Airport, Drive to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Osaka
— 6 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
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Onna-son
— 6 nights
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Miyakojima
— 6 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Nikko

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oze National Park and Yudaki Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Kammangafuchi Gorge and Nikko National Park. When in Nikko, make a side trip to see Oya History Museum in Utsunomiya, approximately Utsunomiya away. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura, don't miss a visit to Nikko Station, explore the activities along Yunoko Lake, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nikko holiday planner.

London, UK to Nikko is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Nikko due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in June: high temperatures in Nikko hover around 28°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) and Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hase-dera Temple and The National Art Center, Tokyo. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hase-dera Temple Kannondo). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokyo tour app.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Tokyo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shiretoko Goko Lake and Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Road to Heaven. Change things up with these side-trips from Shari-cho: Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, Lake Mashu, &more) and Kaminoko Pond (in Kiyosato-cho). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rausu, look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula, cruise along Shiretoko Pass, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shiretoko Nature Center.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Shari-cho trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Shari-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in June, with highs in Shari-cho at 20°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Sakotandake, then kick back and relax at Shimamu Beach, and then explore the striking landscape at Cape Kamui.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Shakotan-cho tour itinerary maker tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shari-cho to Shakotan-cho. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Shari-cho in July since evenings lows in Shakotan-cho dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your trip

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mimurotoji Temple and Pontocho District. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Byodoin (in Uji). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto travel route app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shakotan-cho to Kyoto. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Shakotan-cho in July, with highs in Kyoto at 37°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Osaka

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 a sense of the local culture at Dotombori District and Mt. Koya. Step out of the city life by going to Nara Park and Gyoja no Taki. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Japan Tour Adventure in Nara, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more), Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more) and Koya-cho (Healing Space Koyasan Uguisu Seitaiin & Koyasan Okunoin). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Izanagi Shrine, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka route maker site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Yakushima-cho

A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Take a break from the city and head to Yakusugi Land and Nagata Inakahama. Discover out-of-the-way places like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Oko no Taki Fall. The adventure continues: trek along Seibu Trail, don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, and admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Yakushima-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins. Get a sense of the local culture at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum and Himeyuri Peace Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Motobu-cho (Minnajima Island, Bisezaki, &more), Kunigami-son (Cape Hedo, Daisekirinzan, &more) and Nakijin-son (Akabaka Beach & Kouri Beach). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nirai Beach, head outdoors with Manza Beach, stroll around Toyosaki Kaihin Koen, and make a trip to Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Onna-son holiday tool.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sunayama Beach and Nakanoshima Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Yukishio Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, get outside with Yoshino Coast, and step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. In July in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Iriomote Island and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Take a break from the city and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls, head off the coast to Barasu Island, and head outdoors with Iriomotejima Kaigetsu.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 5.5 hours. In August in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Kondoi Beach. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, get outside with Yarabudake, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and explore the activities along Kabira Bay.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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.