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
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Kagoshima
— 5 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
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Naha
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take a stroll through Ginza.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planning tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect Tokyo to be much colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

5
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Sapporo

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: White Isle Niseko (in Kutchan-cho), Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, Jigokudani, &more) and Otaru (Otaru Canal & Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, get to know the resident critters at Maruyama Zoo, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sapporo road trip planning site.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in January, plan for cooler days in Sapporo, with highs around -3°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

4
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Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Takayama (Sanmachi Suji, Takayama Jinya, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Wada House, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, sample the tasty concoctions at Yachiya Sake Brewery, and get a dose of the wild on IN KANAZAWA HOUSE.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Kanazawa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, Kanazawa is a bit warmer than Sapporo - with highs of 7°C and lows of 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

6
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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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Uji and see Byodoin, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and stop by Arashiyama.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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Osaka

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: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more), Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more) and Kobe (Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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Himeji

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.
On the 29th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Himeji online trip builder.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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Hiroshima

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 Okayama (Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Nagasaki

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.
When in Nagasaki, make a side trip to see Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, approximately Sasebo away. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, stroll around Nabekanmuriyama Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck, and contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nagasaki day trip tool.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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Kagoshima

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kagoshima side-trips: Tadamoto Park (in Isa), Rokkannon Miike Pond (in Ebino) and Kirishima (Kirishima Shrine & Kirishima Distillery). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, walk around Bandokorobana Park, and get great views at Cape Nagasakibana.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kagoshima route planning site.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Kagoshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In February, daytime highs in Kagoshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Motobu-cho

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kunigami-son (Okuma Beach, Daisekirinzan, &more), Busena Marine Park (in Nago) and Nakijin-son (Kouri Ocean Tower & Kouri Ohashi). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, explore the gorgeous colors at USS Emmons, go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iegusuku.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Motobu-cho trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kagoshima to Motobu-cho takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Naha

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Onna-son (Onna Station Nakayukui Market & Cape Manzamo), Nanjo (Sangui & Sefa-Utaki) and Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri, Heiwa no Ishiji, &more). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to American Village, view the masterpieces at Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center, and get engrossed in the history at Okinawa International Peace Research Institute.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Naha trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Motobu-cho to Naha takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Motobu-cho in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Naha, with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, walk around Banna Park, and stop by Miyara River Hirugi Grove.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip app.

Fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 3.5 hours. February in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time 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.