59 days in Japan Itinerary

59 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 6 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 5 nights
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Kagoshima
— 4 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
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Naha
— 5 nights
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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). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Perth to Tokyo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Perth in January; daily highs in Tokyo reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Sapporo

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Kitahiroshima Cycling Road (in Kitahiroshima), Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, Jigokudani, &more) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, and trek along Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo road trip site.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in January, you will find days in Sapporo are much colder (-3°C), and nights are a bit cooler (-6°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Wada House, &more) and Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Jinya, &more). The adventure continues: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sapporo in January, with highs in Kanazawa at 7°C and lows at 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Uji and see Byodoin, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, stop by Arashiyama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online vacation planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Osaka

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more), Kobe (Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution & Kobe Port Shinko Dai 1 Tottei) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and get outside with Four-M.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Osaka road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

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 29th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism.

Discover how to plan a Himeji trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Himeji are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mt.Noro (in Kure), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Gekijyo, &more) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, learn something new at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 5 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.
Explore Nagasaki's surroundings by going to Unzen (Unzen Jigoku (Unzen Hell) & Onsen Resorts), Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo) and Shimabara (Honkoji Temple & Yusui Garden Shimeisou). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Glover Garden, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, and don't miss a visit to Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki travel route builder tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Kagoshima

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kagoshima: Ibusuki (Cape Nagasakibana & Onsen Resorts), Minamikyushu (Sebira Park, Chiran Peace Museum, &more) and Tarumizu Sembon Ginkgo Garden (in Tarumizu). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Sengan-en, enjoy breathtaking views from Kagoshima Prefectural Office Observation Lobby, contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima trip site.

Getting from Nagasaki to Kagoshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In February, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to fly to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Kunigami-son (Okuma Beach, Daisekirinzan, &more), Ginoza Roadside Station (in Ginoza-son) and Ie-son (Mt. Iegusuku & Iejima Beach Side Horse Park). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, take in panoramic vistas at Kouri Ocean Tower, relax in the rural setting at Aiai Farm, and steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Motobu-cho attractions planner.

You can fly from Kagoshima to Motobu-cho in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kagoshima in February: high temperatures in Motobu-cho hover around 22°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Nature

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: Onna-son (Cape Maeda, Cape Manzamo, &more), Nanjo (Apeman Spa, Sefa-Utaki, &more) and American Village (in Chatan-cho). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, take an in-depth tour of Himeyuri Peace Museum, and see the interesting displays at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read Naha online travel planner.

You can drive from Motobu-cho to Naha in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Motobu-cho in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Naha, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

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: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and walk around Banna Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can fly 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.