59 days in Japan Itinerary

59 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kamakura
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Nagano
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Nara
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki
— 6 nights
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Naha
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki
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Kamakura

— 3 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kamakura: Inoue Sake Brewery (in Oi-machi), Azumayama Park (in Ninomiya-machi) and Atami (Atami Plum Garden & Kinomiya Shrine). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, take some stellar pictures from Hase-dera Temple Scenic Walkway, make a trip to Kōtoku-in, and steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kamakura online journey builder.

Sydney, Australia to Kamakura is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Kamakura is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in February; daily highs in Kamakura reach 6°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip planning site.

Getting from Kamakura to Tokyo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 12°C by day to 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nagano

— 5 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagano: Suginohara (in Myoko), Yamanouchi-machi (Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, &more) and Nozawaonsen-mura (Nozawa Onsen & Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tosen-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Zenko-ji Post Office, and surround yourself with nature on Snow Monkey Resorts.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nagano sightseeing planning website.

Take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in February; daily highs in Nagano reach 4°C and lows reach -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 4 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: Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's lots more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nagano to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. February in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) 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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Uji (Byodoin & Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip website.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Kyoto are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Nara

— 4 nights

Ancient City

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nara side-trips: Matabeezakura (in Uda), Mt.Takami (in Matsusaka) and Takaminosato (in Higashiyoshino-mura). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, steep yourself in history at Todaiji Keidaicho, don't miss a visit to Kanenonaru Tembodai Observatory, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sai Shrine.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Nara journey planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Osaka

— 5 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nishinomiya (Koshikiiwa Shrine & Nishinomiya Shrine), Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe) and Takarazuka (Nakayama-dera, Nakayama-dera Temple Gohyakurakando, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Himeji

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Okunoin. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gayain Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jodoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kakurin-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji online attractions planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, learn something new at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima journey maker website.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yutoku Inari Shrine (in Kashima), Togo Nakaoyama (in Hasami-cho) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Glover Garden, visit Akaeza, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, and stroll around Nabekanmuriyama Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Naha

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son), Nakijin-son (Kouri Ohashi & Nakijin Castle Ruins) and Motobu-cho (Mt. Yaedake, Tropical Dream Center, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, make a trip to Sangui, and appreciate the views at Valley of Gangala.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Naha travel planner.

Fly from Nagasaki to Naha in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nagasaki in March: high temperatures in Naha hover around 24°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

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.
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, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, and head outdoors with Mt.Omotodake.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki holiday maker app.

Getting from Naha to Ishigaki by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.