57 days in Japan Itinerary

57 days in Japan Itinerary

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57 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  22 h 45 min
1
Shari-cho
— 5 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  8 h 45 min
2
Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
+4
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  16 h 30 min
3
Iriomote-jima
— 5 nights
Ferry:  1 h
4
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h
5
Miyakojima
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Matsue
— 5 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Train:  3 h 45 min
8
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
Kanazawa
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
10
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: London

5
nights
Shari-cho

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.
Visiting Shiretoko Goko Lake and Shiretoko Beach will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Mashu and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Shari-cho side-trips: Shiretoko National Park (in Rausu-cho) and Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail (in Teshikaga-cho). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, explore the world behind art at Kita no Alp Art Museum, cruise along Road to Heaven, and walk around Pereke River Shore Park.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho holiday site .

London, UK to Shari-cho is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Shari-cho. In October in Shari-cho, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho, Shiretoko National Park
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall

4
nights
Yakushima-cho

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.
Visiting Yakusugi Land and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Jōmon Sugi. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, make a trip to Wilson Stump, and enjoy the sand and surf at Nagata Inakahama.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho online day trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Yakushima-cho in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car, flight, and taxi. In November, Yakushima-cho is warmer than Shari-cho - with highs of 24°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

5
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Escape the urban bustle at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Ida no Hama Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Pinaisara Falls. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yakushima-cho to Iriomote-jima. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, things will get a bit warmer in Iriomote-jima: highs are around 31°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Kayaking & Canoeing
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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.
Visit Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yonehara Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, get outside with Yarabudake, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

Plan a Ishigaki trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in November, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Island Countryside Settlement, Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

7
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aragusuku Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of the city life by going to Sunayama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, identify plant and animal life at Yabiji, stroll through Toguchi no Hama, and enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Itsukushima Shrine and Miyajima. Explore hidden gems such as Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and JMSDF Kure Museum. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple & Itsukushima Shrine Torii). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Miyakojima in November: highs in Hiroshima hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

5
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Adachi Museum of Art and Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse and Matsue Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Matsue side-trips: Mizuki Shigeru Museum (in Sakaiminato) and Izumo (Former Taisha Station, Karakama Shrine, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum, explore the activities along Shinji Lake, and stop by Rihaku Shuzo.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Matsue planner .

You can drive from Hiroshima to Matsue in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Matsue are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Suga Shrine, Adachi Museum of Art, Shinji Lake, Mizuki Shigeru Museum
Highlights from your plan
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Hinomisaki Shrine ©
Hinomisaki Shrine

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.
Get some historical perspective at Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. Step off the beaten path and head to Tofuku-ji Temple and Toji. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkaku-ji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Matsue to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

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

6
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Takayama Jinya and Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Higashiyama Walking Course. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawago Gassho Culture Hall (Old Matsui Family House) (in Shirakawa-cho), Hida Takayama Retro Museum (in Takayama) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, & more). There's lots more to do: get outside with Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, explore the galleries of Gallery Otera, step into the grandiose world of Maruoka Castle, and steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Shirakawago Gassho Culture Hall (Old Matsui Family House), Maruoka Castle
Highlights from your plan
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sensō-ji and Pola Museum of Art. Popular historic sites such as Tokyo National Museum and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine are in your itinerary. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Minato Mirai 21 in Yokohama, about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, shop like a local with Ginza, contemplate the long history of Yasukuni Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning site .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Minato Mirai 21, Pola Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21

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