59 days in Japan Itinerary

59 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Drive to Billund Airport, Fly to Sapporo
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train
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Kagoshima
— 5 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 6 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hakone-machi
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly

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Sapporo

— 4 nights

CIty of Ramen

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place (in Kutchan-cho), Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). There's still lots to do: walk around Odori Park, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, admire the natural beauty at Hakkogakuen Hanashobupark, and see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip planner.

Billund, Denmark to Sapporo is an approximately 21-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Billund to Sapporo is 8 hours. In February, Sapporo is a bit cooler than Billund - with highs of -1°C and lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Yumenotaira Ski Resort (in Tonami), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Toyama (Former Uchiyama Residence & Sotoshu Chokeiji Temple). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the galleries of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Sapporo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sapporo in February, with highs in Kanazawa at 7°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 6 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 out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In February, daytime highs in Kyoto are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Himeji

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi (in Bizen) and Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Okayama Castle). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and trek along Mt Shosha hiking.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji online trip builder.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, &more), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima itinerary planning tool.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kagoshima

— 5 nights

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kagoshima: Sukimu Land (in Kobayashi), Miyazaki (Haniwa Garden & Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum) and Onodake (in Minamikyushu). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Sengan-en, admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, don't miss a visit to Kareigawa Station, and sample the fine beverages at Musougura.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima trip builder website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kagoshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in February, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Ishigaki

— 6 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.
Step out of Ishigaki to go to Iriomote-jima and see Nakama-river Protected Region, which is approximately 3h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Ishigaki travel planner.

Getting from Kagoshima to Ishigaki by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. When traveling from Kagoshima in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ishigaki, with highs around 26°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Naha

— 6 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Heiwa no Ishiji (in Itoman), Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son) and Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki & Sangui). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clara Church, stroll through Toma, and snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi.

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Fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagasaki: Yokan Museum (in Ogi), Saga (Nannyo Shrine & Sagajo Park) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Hongouchi, take in the views from Megane Bridge, and walk around Nagasaki Peace Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Naha in March, with highs in Nagasaki at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 6 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore Hakone-machi's surroundings by going to Imamiya Tea Plantation (in Fuji), Fujinomiya Route (in Fujinomiya) and Izu (Nishiizu Skyline & Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, see the interesting displays at Ikeda museum of 20th century art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi sightseeing app.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Hakone-machi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Nagasaki in March: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 7 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 DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip tool.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.