58 days in Japan Itinerary

58 days in Japan Itinerary

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58 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
bus + train:  1​h 15​min
2
Tokyo
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Nagoya
— 6 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train:  45​min
6
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
7
Hiroshima
— 6 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
8
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  6​h
9
Ishigaki
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  5​h 15​min
10
Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Sydney

5
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) and Hakone Kowakien Yunessun. Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), Cycle Sports Center (in Izu) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya). Pack the 1st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Fuji-Q Highland. There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and examine the collection at Ikeda museum of 20th century art.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hakone-machi online itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Hakone-machi is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect Hakone-machi to be much colder, temps between 9°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mount Fuji, Fuji-Q Highland, Cycle Sports Center, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Lake Kawaguchi
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun

7
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Disneyland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura), Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, make a trip to Tokyo Skytree, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

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Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in April: highs in Tokyo hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Kōtoku-in
Highlights from your plan
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

5
nights
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, & more). There's much more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa driving holiday planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Tokyo in April, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

6
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Ise (Ise Ninja Kingdom, Ise Shrine Geku, & more), Jozanen (in Anjo) and Toba (Mikimoto Pearl Island, Toba Aquarium, & more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Chubu Park, find something for the whole family at Nagashima Spa Land, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, and engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya online journey builder .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in April since evenings lows in Nagoya dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ise, Toba, Kuwana, Kasumi Yumekujira Park, Jozanen
Highlights from your plan
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium

7
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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, take a stroll through Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

4
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum & Ohara Museum of Art), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Bizen (Hattoji Furusatomura & Mt. Kuma). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, walk around Kunimi no Mori Park, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Himeji trip builder .

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bizen, Kurashiki, Daisen Outlook, Kunimi no Mori Park, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Japanese Rural Toy Museum ©
Japanese Rural Toy Museum
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

6
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Gekijyo, & more), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and MIyoshi Sports Park Asobi no Okoku (in Miyoshi). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, go for a walk through Kintaikyo Bridge, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima road trip tool .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Onomichi, MIyoshi Sports Park Asobi no Okoku, Kintaikyo Bridge, Senseki Garden
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Huis Ten Bosch and Nagasaki Bio Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Yusui Garden Shimeisou (in Shimabara) and Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara (in Sasebo). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, see the interesting displays at Dejima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sofukuji Temple, and stroll around Nagao Castle Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Sasebo, Nagasaki Bio Park, Nagao Castle Park, Yusui Garden Shimeisou
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Bio Park ©
Nagasaki Bio Park

7
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Kayaking & Canoeing and Sukuji Beach. Step out of Ishigaki with an excursion to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima--about 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, and get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Nagasaki to Ishigaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Nagasaki in May, with highs in Ishigaki at 34°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji Beach

5
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
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 Minnajima Island. Explore Motobu-cho's surroundings by going to Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son), Onna-son (Cape Manzamo, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more) and Busena Marine Park (in Nago). There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, experience rural life at Aiai Farm, and take in the views from Noho Ohashi.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Motobu-cho day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in May, with highs in Motobu-cho at 30°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Onna-son, Nakijin-son, Izena-son, Nago, Noho Ohashi
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater
Minnajima Island ©
Minnajima Island

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