58 days in Japan Itinerary

58 days in Japan Itinerary

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58 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Marrakech
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Hakodate
— 4 nights
+2
train + Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
5
Teshikaga-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Shari-cho
— 6 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  8​h 45​min
7
Yakushima-cho
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
8
Onna-son
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
9
Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly:  45​min
10
Miyakojima
— 6 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Marrakech

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Minato Mirai 21. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Ikspiari. Venture out of the city with trips to Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura) (in Kamakura), Tokyo DisneySea (in Urayasu) and Ghibli Museum (in Mitaka). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Harajuku Takeshita-dori, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in the exciting artwork at Art Jeunesse Akihabara, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip tool .

Marrakech, Morocco to Tokyo is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. When traveling from Marrakech in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urayasu, Minato Mirai 21, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Kōtoku-in
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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.
Fukui Dinosaur Museum and Takayama Jinya are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Mikurigaike Pond. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi), Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho) and Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Higashiyama Walking Course, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Tojinbo Cliff, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In October in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama-machi, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Tojinbo Cliff
Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

6
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.
Get some historical perspective at Nijo-jo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Dotonbori and Gion. Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Castle) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, and contemplate the long history of Yasaka Shrine.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

4
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Onuma Park Walking Path and Onuma Lake. Visit Motomachi and Hakodate Orthodox Church for their historical value. When in Hakodate, make a side trip to see Lake Konumako in Nanae-cho, approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappistine Monasteries, steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hakodate day trip planning tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Hakodate by combination of train and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in November; daily highs in Hakodate reach 10°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nanae-cho
Highlights from your plan
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Onuma Lake ©
Onuma Lake

4
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Get outdoors at Lake Mashu and Akan Lake. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kaminoko Pond and Mt. Io. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Teshikaga-cho: Bihorotoge Lookout (in Bihoro-cho), Meakan-dake (in Akan National Park) and Betsukai-cho (Notsuke Peninsula & Narawara). Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Akan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kussharo.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Teshikaga-cho travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hakodate to Teshikaga-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. November in Teshikaga-cho sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Betsukai-cho, Meakan-dake, Akan Lake, Kaminoko Pond, Bihorotoge Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Kaminoko Pond ©
Kaminoko Pond
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Notsuke Peninsula ©
Notsuke Peninsula

6
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Get outdoors at Shiretoko Beach and Abashiri Quasi-National Park. Let the collections at Abashiri Prison Museum and Shiretoko World Heritage Conservation Center capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shari-cho: Rausu-cho (Shiretoko National Park & Lake Rausu) and Abashiri (Abashiri Coast & Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, take in the dramatic natural features at Oronko Rock, and soak in some Japanese tradition at Utoro Onsen.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Shari-cho online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. In November in Shari-cho, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Abashiri, Lake Rausu, Shiretoko National Park
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall

5
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Attractions like Yakusugi Land and Nagata Inakahama make great kid-friendly stops. Visit Isso Beach and Harutahama Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, wander the streets of Wilson Stump, take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls, and make a trip to Taikoiwa.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho route planning app .

Getting from Shari-cho to Yakushima-cho by combination of taxi and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Shari-cho in November, things will get much hotter in Yakushima-cho: highs are around 24°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

5
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Okuma Beach will get you outdoors. Nakijin Castle Remains and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Onna-son: Cape Zampa (in Yomitan-son), Motobu-cho (Emerald Beach & Okichan Theater) and Daisekirinzan (in Kunigami-son). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo, and find something for the whole family at Nago Pineapple Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Onna-son attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. When traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Onna-son: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nanjo, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-son, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Cape Zampa
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okuma Beach ©
Okuma Beach
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan

6
nights
Ishigaki

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Yonehara Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Nishihama Beach and Kondoi Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island) (in Kohama-jima), Pemuchi Beach (in Hateruma-jima) and Iriomote-jima (Nakano Beach, Hoshisuna Beach, & more). There's much more to do: get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yara Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Onna-son to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Onna-son in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Ishigaki. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima, Hateruma-jima, Taketomi-cho, Hatoma-jima, Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island)
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Nishihama Beach ©
Nishihama Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

6
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Aragusuku Beach and Yonaha Maehama Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunayama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, stroll through Tomori Imugya Beach, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, and explore the striking landscape at Boraga Limestone Cave.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

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