58 days in Japan Itinerary

58 days in Japan Itinerary

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58 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + Drive:  23​h 30​min
1
Furano
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Sapporo
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
3
Otaru
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Aomori
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Akita
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
8
Karuizawa-machi
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
9
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Yokohama
— 2 nights
train + bus:  1​h 30​min
12
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
13
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
14
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
15
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
16
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
17
Kobe
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
18
Okayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
19
Naoshima-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
20
Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Dallas

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Furano

Furano ©
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
Escape the urban bustle at Furano Ski Resort and Hoshino Resort Tomamu Ski Area. Your inner history buff will appreciate Asahidake Natural Hiking Route and Kamikawa Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Furano: Onsen Resorts (in Kamifurano-cho), Asahikawa (Snow Crystal Museum & Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum) and Biei Shrine (in Biei-cho). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Furabi, make a trip to Ningle Terrace, admire the masterpieces at Arte Piazza Bibai, and stop by Furano Marche.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Furano holiday tool .

Dallas, USA to Furano is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Dallas to Furano due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dallas in March; daily highs in Furano reach 35°F and lows reach 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Furano

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Asahikawa, Onsen Resorts, Arte Piazza Bibai, Hoshino Resort Tomamu Ski Area, Biei Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Snow Crystal Museum ©
Snow Crystal Museum
Arte Piazza Bibai ©
Arte Piazza Bibai
Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
For shopping fun, head to Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town or Sanroku Design. Let the collections at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Fukuzumi Pioneering Memorial Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Noboribetsu (Oku no Yu, Jigokudani, & more) and Rusutsu Resort (in Rusutsu-mura). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sapporo St. Michael's Church, and get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo journey maker website .

Drive from Furano to Sapporo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Furano in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sapporo, with lows of 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Otaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Rusutsu Resort
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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Otaru

Otaru ©
The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Shop till you drop at Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building and Sankaku Market. Museum-lovers will get to explore Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan and Otaru Orgel Museum 2nd Building Antique. Get out of town with these interesting Otaru side-trips: Kutchan-cho (Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, Kutchan Natural History Museum, & more), Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Niseko Village Ski Resort (in Niseko-cho). The adventure continues: get outside with Shimamu Beach, admire the landmark architecture of The Former Otaru Branch of Mitsui Trading Company, don't miss a visit to JR Otaru Station, and delve into the distant past at Oshoro Annular Stone.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Otaru trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Sapporo to Otaru by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Otaru are 35°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Otaru

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho, Shimamu Beach, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Niseko Village Ski Resort
Highlights from your plan
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Dozo, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then take a stroll through Motomachi, then examine the collection at Old British Consulate of Hakodate, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Hakodate Magistrate's Office, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Shinoridate Remains, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakodate travel planner.

You can drive from Otaru to Hakodate in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Otaru, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hakodate, ranging from highs of 41°F to lows of 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Aomori.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Motomachi ©
Motomachi

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Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at Tachineputa No Yakata, then get to know the fascinating history of Sannai-Maruyama Ruins, then admire the striking features of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, and finally see the interesting displays at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru. Here are some ideas for day two: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then head outdoors with Hakkoda Odake, then explore the world behind art at Aomori Museum of Art, and finally browse the different shops at A-FACTORY.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Aomori route builder app .

Getting from Hakodate to Aomori by car takes about 5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Akita.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tachineputa No Yakata
Highlights from your plan
Aomori Museum of Art ©
Aomori Museum of Art
Tachineputa No Yakata ©
Tachineputa No Yakata
Sannai-Maruyama Ruins ©
Sannai-Maruyama Ruins

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Akita

Akita ©
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 4th (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at Akita Station Building Topico, admire the masterpieces at Akita Museum Of Art, then explore the activities along Lake Tazawa, then take a stroll through Samurai District, and finally look for gifts at Ando Brewery Kajoan. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Ishiguro Samurai House, browse the exhibits of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Shoji Taro Ongakukan, then examine the collection at Akita city Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Senshu Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Akita trip site .

Getting from Aomori to Akita by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In April in Akita, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 42°F at night. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Akita

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Semboku, Oga
Highlights from your plan
Akita Museum Of Art ©
Akita Museum Of Art
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum ©
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Asakusa and Kimono Me. Museum-lovers will get to explore Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Odaiba, admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Akita to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Akita in April, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 67°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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Karuizawa-machi

Karuizawa-machi ©
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
Hokusai-kan and Konnyaku Park will appeal to museum buffs. Head to Karuizawa prince shopping plaza and Harunire Terracefor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Karuizawa-machi: Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano), Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (in Yamanouchi-machi) and Onsen Resorts (in Kusatsu-machi). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, explore the activities along Kumoba Pond, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Stone Church, and take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Karuizawa-machi vacation planning tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Karuizawa-machi, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Onsen Resorts, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Konnyaku Park, Zenko-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): wander the streets of Akihabara, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally shop like a local with Ginza. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower and then take a stroll through Takeshita Street.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip maker app .

Take a train from Karuizawa-machi to Tokyo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ginza ©
Ginza

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): look for gifts at Watanabe Sahei Shop. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Futarasan jinja, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nikko tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you will find days in Nikko are slightly colder (61°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yokohama.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Oya History Museum, Nikko National Park, Sano Premium Outlet
Highlights from your plan
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park

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Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Yokohama Museum of Art and Yokohama Silk Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Enoshima Island and Sarushima Island (Monkey Island). Take a break from Yokohama with a short trip to Kōtoku-in in Kamakura, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, see the interesting displays at Shinyokohama Ramen Museum, contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yokohama visit app .

Getting from Nikko to Yokohama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. April in Yokohama sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Enoshima Island, Sarushima Island (Monkey Island)
Highlights from your plan
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the galleries of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip tool .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Yokohama to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Yokohama in April, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lake Kawaguchi
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Ayabe Utsuwatei. Get some historical perspective at Ise Grand Shrine and Inuyama Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail (in Nakatsugawa) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Sakae, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nagoya trip planner.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Nagoya by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, you will find days in Nagoya are somewhat warmer (61°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ise Grand Shrine, Hikone Castle, Ayabe Utsuwatei, Inuyama Castle, Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail
Highlights from your plan
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand 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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan and Hosomi Museum will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and trek along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nagoya in April: highs in Kyoto hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 50°F. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Kurozuka Kofun Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Nara Park and Todai-ji Temple. Explore Nara's surroundings by going to Byodoin (in Uji), Gissan Memorial Museum (in Sakurai) and Kusuri no Yakata (in Uda). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, make a trip to Nara National Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Harushika Brewery, and take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nara day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 56°F in Nara. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Gissan Memorial Museum, Byodoin, Studio Yamato Zakura, Kusuri no Yakata, Kurozuka Kofun Museum
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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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.
On the 30th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, shop like a local with Daimaru Museum Umeda, then take a stroll through Dotonbori, and finally take a stroll through Minami (Namba). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, then get a taste of the local shopping with Jikko Cutlery, and then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip tool .

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Nara in April, plan for little chillier nights in Osaka, with lows around 51°F. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Jikko Cutlery, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Mt. Koya
Highlights from your plan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©

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Kobe

Kobe ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Himeji Castle and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. Head to Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) and Kobe Harborlandfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kobe: Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House (in Takarazuka), Nojima Fault Preservation Museum (in Awaji) and Koko-en Garden (in Himeji). The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, examine the collection at Kobe Fashion Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rokko, and take an in-depth tour of Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan).

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip planner .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Traveling from Osaka in May, expect nights in Kobe to be about the same, around 63°F, while days are little chillier, around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Okayama.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Himeji, Amore Beach, Nojima Fault Preservation Museum, Toyooka City Konotori Bunkakan, Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House
Highlights from your plan
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 7th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsuhiko Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, and then browse the different shops at Aeon Mall Okayama.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Okayama trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kobe to Okayama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kobe in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Okayama, with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kurashiki
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©

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Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Get some historical perspective at Kannon-ji Temple and Mu Island Lighthouse. Step out of the city life by going to Naoshima and Manabe Island. Go for a jaunt from Naoshima-cho to Teshima to see Teshima Art Museum about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, kick back and relax at Shibukawa Coast, and don't miss a visit to Naoshima Pavillion.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Naoshima-cho trip app .

You can drive from Okayama to Naoshima-cho in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Naoshima-cho can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Tamano, Kasaoka, Teshima Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Teshima Art Museum ©
Teshima Art Museum
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum

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Takamatsu

Takamatsu ©
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
On the 12th (Tue), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, then take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima, and finally don't miss a visit to Takamasu Port. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, then look for gifts at Tokushima Tokutoku Terminal, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Bizan, and finally examine the collection at Awaodori Kaikan.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Takamatsu holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Naoshima-cho to Takamatsu takes 1.5 hours. In May in Takamatsu, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kotohira-cho, Tokushima, Tokushima Tokutoku Terminal, Otsuka Museum of Art
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Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art

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