58 days in Japan Itinerary

58 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Nikko
— 5 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
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Takayama
— 5 nights
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Nagoya
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Naruto
— 3 nights
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Kochi
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 7 nights

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Japan Wonder Travel and Hama Rikyu Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama), Jogashima Island (in Jogashima) and Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, and explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read Tokyo itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Japan Wonder Travel ©
Japan Wonder Travel
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple

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Nikko

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yudaki Falls and Senjogahara Field. Get out of town with these interesting Nikko side-trips: Amabiki Kannon (in Sakuragawa), Semba Boadwalk (in Mito) and Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium (in Oarai-machi). Pack the 12th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Nasu Animal Kingdom, explore the activities along Yunoko Lake, hike along Odashirogahara, and admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Nikko sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji
Yudaki Falls ©
Yudaki Falls
Nasu Animal Kingdom ©
Nasu Animal Kingdom

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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ryugu Park and Tatadohama Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Lake Kawaguchi & Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum), Banjo Falls (in Izu) and Ito (Mount Omuro, Jogasaki Coast, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, kick back and relax at Shirahama Beach, and contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

Plan a Hakone-machi trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Nikko to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nikko in September, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Ryugu Park ©
Ryugu Park
Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach
Mt. Fuji 5th Station ©
Mt. Fuji 5th Station

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho) and Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community, Gokayama, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Natadera Temple, walk around Kanazawa Castle Park, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa visit site.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Hakone-machi in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine) ©
Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine)
Shinyamabiko Bridge ©
Shinyamabiko Bridge

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Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Wine Tours & Tastings. Venture out of the city with trips to Matsumoto (Kaichi Gakko Primary School, Myojin Pond, &more), Senjojiki Cirque (in Komagane) and Nagiso-machi (Nakasendo Tsumagojuku & Odaki-Medaki Waterfalls). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Mikurigaike Pond, admire the engineering at Kurobe Dam, appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Takayama day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Takayama, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Mikurigaike Pond
Mikurigaike Pond

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Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck and Nagoya City Science Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kuragaike Park (in Toyota), Toba (Toba Aquarium & Aonominesan Shofuku-ji Temple) and Ise (Okageza, Sengukan, &more). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Hamamatsu Air Park, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Ryotan-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku
Hamamatsu Air Park
Hamamatsu Air Park
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kamogawa River and Okochi Sanso Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Miyazu (Chion-ji Temple, Amanohashidate, &more) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanzen-ji Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online holiday maker.

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Naruto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kamogawa River ©
Kamogawa River
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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Naruto

Naruto ©
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Explore hidden gems such as Otsuka Museum of Art and Naruto Strait. Explore Naruto's surroundings by going to Awaji (Izanagi Shrine, Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, &more), Tokushima (Awa Odori Hall & Zuiganji Temple) and Yagi no Shidareume (in Minamiawaji). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Uzu no Michi and take in the views from Onaruto Bridge.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Naruto day trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Naruto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in October: highs in Naruto hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kochi.

Things to do in Naruto

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park ©
Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Izanagi Shrine ©
Izanagi Shrine

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Kochi

The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and Chikurinji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to UFO Line (in Ino-cho), Mt. Tsurugi (in Mima) and Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum (in Kami). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kochi Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, and enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Kochi road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Naruto to Kochi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Naruto in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kochi, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kochi

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu

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Osaka

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tempozan Ferris Wheel and Umeda Sky Building. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe), Himeji (Himeji Castle, Koko-en, &more) and Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Kochi to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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