59 days in Japan Itinerary

59 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Nagoya
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto
— 6 nights
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Nikko
— 6 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Ishigaki

— 5 nights
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, visit a coastal fixture at Oganzaki Lighthouse, and head outdoors with Yarabudake.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Ishigaki vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Ishigaki is minus 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in August, with highs in Ishigaki at 38°C and lows at 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Motobu-cho

— 5 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Motobu-cho side-trips: Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son), Iejima Beach Side Horse Park (in Ie-son) and Onna-son (Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Cape Manzamo, &more). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and take in the dramatic scenery at Fukugawa Falls.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Paddle Park, &more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, see where the action happens at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can fly from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In August, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Himeji

— 4 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bizen (FAN Museum & Mt. Kuma) and Okayama (Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest & Okayama Korakuen Garden). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, and get outside with Mt Shosha hiking.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Himeji trip site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Himeji sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 7 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Arashiyama, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip tool.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 6 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagoya side-trips: Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama), Okageza (in Ise) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, steep yourself in history at Mino Kaneyamajo Ato, head off the coast to Mikimoto Pearl Island, and have fun at Kasumi Yumekujira Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in August, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Yamafuji Vineyard & Horizon Winery (in Toyama), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Kita Family House (in Hodatsushimizu-cho). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Angoji Temple, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 6 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Kirigamine Marshland (in Suwa), Tateyama-machi (Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd. & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route) and Azumino Chihiro Park (in Matsukawa-mura). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Explore Nikko's surroundings by going to Nasu-machi (Coppice Garden, Yahata Park, &more), Shojinsawa Spring Group (in Shioya-machi) and Sanbon Yaridake Moutain (in Nasushiobara). Pack the 17th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, explore the striking landscape of Nikko National Park, and meet the residents at Kiryugaoka Zoo.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Nikko takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nikko, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Odaiba District, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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.