57 days in Japan Itinerary

57 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Ishigaki
— 7 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
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Sasebo
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 7 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Nagoya
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
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Tokyo

— 7 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.
Kids will enjoy Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Tower. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Tokyo. Traveling from Vancouver in March, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (17°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ishigaki

— 7 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.
Attractions like Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Spas make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and walk around Kabira Park.

Before you visit Ishigaki, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Tokyo to Ishigaki in 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in March: highs in Ishigaki hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Motobu-cho

— 5 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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Kouri Ohashi. Get out of town with these interesting Motobu-cho side-trips: Nakijin-son (Kouri Ocean Tower & Kouri Beach), Nago (Neo Park Okinawa & Busena Beach) and Onna-son (Sun Marina Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins, and relax in the rural setting at Aiai Farm.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 16°C in Motobu-cho. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Sasebo.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Sasebo

— 4 nights
With its U.S. Navy base, Sasebo has certainly developed pockets with an international feel: in downtown, often known as Sailor Town, you'll happen upon a number of eateries serving American-style hamburgers.
Attractions like Huis Ten Bosch and Nagasaki Peace Park make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Sasebo: Takeo no Okusu (in Takeo), Nagasaki (Glover Garden, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, &more) and Akaeza (in Arita-cho). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Kujuku Island, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara, don't miss a visit to Domtoren, and take in panoramic vistas at Ishidake Observatory.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sasebo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Motobu-cho to Sasebo in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Motobu-cho in March: high temperatures in Sasebo hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 5 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo & Senjokaku) and Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, take in the views from Aioi Bridge, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning website.

You can take a train from Sasebo to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Himeji

— 2 nights
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.
On the 9th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and finally kick back and relax at Matsue Swimming Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chokoji Temple, relax in the rural setting at Sato Fruit Kobo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jodoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji day trip tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Himeji, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Osaka

— 7 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Koya-cho (Mt. Koya & Koyasan Okunoin), Kanshinji Temple (in Kawachinagano) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Namban Culture Center, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and find something for the whole family at SpaWorld.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Osaka using our trip planner.

Getting from Himeji to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Family-friendly places like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine will thrill your kids. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately Nara away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Arashiyama, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 6 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Attractions like Nagoya Castle and Nisshin Civic Hall make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Shima (Ichigo Beach & Hotel Shima Spain Mura), Ise (Oharai-machi, Okage Yokocho, &more) and Nagakute (Satsuki and Mei's House & Ai Chikyuhaku Kinenkan). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, visit Nagoya City Agricultural Center, admire the natural beauty at Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden, and explore the activities along Yamazaki River.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in April: highs in Nagoya hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 6 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Takayama Jinya and Hida Takayama Museum of Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), &more). There's much more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

Discover how to plan a Kanazawa trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Nagoya in April, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.