58 days in Japan Itinerary

58 days in Japan Itinerary

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Nikko
— 6 nights
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Fuji
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kobe
— 2 nights
Train
8
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train to Bungo-Ogi, Taxi to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
10
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly
11
Akita
— 2 nights
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Aomori
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 17 nights

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Nikko

— 6 nights
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.
Visiting Lake Chuzenji and Boat Tours & Water Sports will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Taiyuimbyo Shrine and Cryptomeria Avenue. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nikko: Utsunomiya (Tagesan Fudoson Temple, Oya temple, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, head outdoors with Odashirogahara, take in breathtaking views at Setoai-kyo Canyon, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushido.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nikko trip planner.

Tokyo to Nikko is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are slightly colder, around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Fuji

— 2 nights
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get outside with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Zuiunin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seiken-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryugeji Temple, then take a peaceful walk through Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haguruma Shrine.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Fuji online tour builder.

Drive from Nikko to Fuji in 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Fuji can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Takayama

— 3 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Takayama Jinya and Shirakabe Dozogai. Popular historic sites such as Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine and Nagase house are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Kanda house & Ogimachi). And it doesn't end there: stop by Sanmachi Suji, get advice or help at Takayama City Hall, examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, and make a trip to Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama road trip planning website.

Getting from Fuji to Takayama by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Takayama when traveling from Fuji in October, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 13th (Wed), wander the streets of Gokayama, make a trip to Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple, and then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on In Kanazawa House, steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, then examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudosonkorin Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirayama Hime Shrine.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kanazawa travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Classes

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 8 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nishi Honganji. Discover out-of-the-way places like Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple and Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple.

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You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Osaka

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, then get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Yoshikien, then take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally stroll around Nara Park.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Osaka online attractions planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kobe

— 2 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): head outdoors with Amore Beach, then contemplate the long history of Goshikizuka Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suma-dera, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Minatogawa Shrine. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), then see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, then explore the striking landscape of Kobe Municipal Arboretum, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe trip site.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Motoyasu River and Misen Wild Woods. Discover out-of-the-way places like Peace Flame and Daishoin Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku & Kannondo Monjudo) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Noboricho Church, Memorial Cathedral for World Peace.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Takachiho-cho

— 4 nights
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Visiting Takachiho Gorge and Tadewara Wetlands will get you outdoors. Takachiho Shrine and Kaguraden will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takachiho-cho: Kuju Mountain Range (in Kokonoe-machi), Aso Mizuki Meguri (in Aso) and Ikeyama Springs (in Ubuyama-mura). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, indulge in some personalized pampering at Kokichino Yu, contemplate the long history of Kushifuru Shrine, and go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho itinerary planner.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In October in Takachiho-cho, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 5th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Nakamachi Church, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Inasayama Onsen Fuku no yu. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Urakami Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, and finally stroll through Nagasaki Peace Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip website.

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In November in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Akita.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Akita

— 2 nights
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
On the 7th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Nanohana Road, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kampu, then kick back and relax at Unosaki Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yojiro Inari Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hachiman Akita Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Akita Prefecture Gokoku Shrine, get outside with Suishinen, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seitai Hoshikai, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Hana-no-Yu Akita.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Akita road trip planning tool.

Fly from Nagasaki to Akita in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nagasaki in November; daily highs in Akita reach 50°F and lows reach 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Aomori.

Things to do in Akita

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Aomori

— 2 nights
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
On the 9th (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from Inakadatemura Village Office, Observation Deck & Cultural Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saishoin Temple, then experience rural life at Inakadate Mura Tanbo Art, then steep yourself in history at Nakamachi Komise Street, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kuroishi Fire Brigade 3rd Minute Fire Station. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Natsudomari Peninsula, then don't miss a visit to Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, then delve into the distant past at Sannai-Maruyama Site, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Aomori online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Akita to Aomori in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Aomori

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 17 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.
Get some cultural insight at Asakusa Shrine and Sengaku-ji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Toshogu Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Isehara (Koma Sando, Oyama Afuri Shrine, &more), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Kencho-ji Temple, &more). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, visit a coastal fixture at Enoshima Sea Candle, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, and steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Aomori to Tokyo by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In November, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Aomori - with highs of 62°F and lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.