59 days in Japan Itinerary

59 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Sofia
Fly + Drive:  22 h 15 min
1
Kusatsu-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Taxi:  15 min
3
Chuo
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Nagoya
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  30 min
6
Nara
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Beppu
— 4 nights
Drive:  30 min
9
Yufu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Aso
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
11
Naha
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
12
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
13
Matsuyama
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
14
Kochi
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
15
Naoshima-cho
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Sofia

1
night
Kusatsu-machi

Kusatsu-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): make a trip to Yugama and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kusatsu-machi trip itinerary builder site.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Kusatsu-machi is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Sofia to Kusatsu-machi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. March in Kusatsu-machi sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Akaiwa Chiku
Highlights from your plan
Sainokawara Park ©
Sainokawara Park
Onsen Resorts
Yugama ©
Yugama

5
nights
Tokyo

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zojo-ji Temple and Edo-Tokyo Museum. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo attractions planner.

You can drive from Kusatsu-machi to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kusatsu-machi in March, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Chuo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple

4
nights
Chuo

Chuo ©
Chūō-ku is one of 23 wards of Osaka, Japan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Myohoshoji Temple. Explore Chuo's surroundings by going to Yokohama (Yokohama Chinatown & Sankeien Gardens), Sky Garden (in Minatomirai) and Kamogawa Sea World (in Kamogawa). Have a day of magic on the 23rd (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea and don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Chuo trip planner.

Chuo is just a stone's throw from Tokyo. In March, daytime highs in Chuo are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Chuo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama, Urayasu, Kōtoku-in, Kamogawa Sea World, Myohoshoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World

4
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nabana no Sato and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Ise (Sarutahiko Shrine & Ise Shrine Geku), Toba Aquarium (in Toba) and Magome Observatory (in Nakatsugawa). And it doesn't end there: hike along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, and take an in-depth tour of Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip planner.

You can take a train from Chuo to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Chuo in March: highs in Nagoya hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Ise, Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, Toba Aquarium, Nabana no Sato, Chubu Park
Highlights from your plan
Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium
Nabana no Sato ©
Nabana no Sato
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku

4
nights
Kyoto

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto route app.

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Nara

Nara ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nigatsu-do Temple and Koyasan Okunoin. Venture out of the city with trips to Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple & Mt. Koya), Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, walk around Nara Park, and pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nara when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Koya-cho, Jindoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore hidden gems such as Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and The Cenotaph. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Gekijyo, &more), Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Miyajima (Momijidani Park & Mt. Misen). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, and walk around Senkoji & Senkoji Park.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima online itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Nara to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Beppu.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge, Senkoji & Senkoji Park, Yamato Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

4
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Step off the beaten path and head to Usuki Sekibutsu and Tekizanso. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Beppu: Usa (Takkiri Valley, Usa City Peace Museum, &more), Nioza Rekishi no Michi (in Usuki) and Shioya no Saka (in Kitsuki). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, get in on the family fun at Centleisure Kiijima Highlands Park, admire the landmark architecture of Kimon Yagura, and enjoy breathtaking views from Jumonjibaru Observation Deck.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Beppu trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Beppu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Usa, Hiji-machi, Usuki, Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, Shioya no Saka
Highlights from your plan
Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago ©
Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
Usuki Sekibutsu ©
Usuki Sekibutsu
Usajingu Shrine ©
Usajingu Shrine

3
nights
Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mt. Yufu and Mt. Kirikabu Park. Explore Yufu's surroundings by going to Taketa (Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus & Nyuta Nakashima Park), Bungoono (Yujaku Park & Chinda Fall) and Fujigawachi Valley (in Saiki). Next up on the itinerary: explore the landscape on two wheels at Oita Kemmin no Mori and get engrossed in the history at Iwashita Collection.

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You can drive from Beppu to Yufu in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In April in Yufu, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Aso.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketa, Bungoono, Oita Kemmin no Mori, Mt. Kirikabu Park, Fujigawachi Valley
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Yufu ©
Mt. Yufu
Chinda Fall ©
Chinda Fall
Yujaku Park ©
Yujaku Park

3
nights
Aso

Aso ©
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shirakawa Springs and Nabegataki Falls. Explore Aso's surroundings by going to Oka Castle Ruins (in Taketa) and Choyo Bridge (in Minamiaso-mura). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daikanbo, get outside with Aso Panorama Line, get impressive views of Mt. Aso, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Aso trip planner.

Getting from Yufu to Aso by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Aso

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Minamiaso-mura, Oka Castle Ruins, Mt. Aso, Nabegataki Falls
Highlights from your plan
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Shirakawa Springs ©
Shirakawa Springs
Nabegataki Falls ©
Nabegataki Falls

3
nights
Naha

Naha ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Katsuren Castle Ruins and Sefa-Utaki. Explore Naha's surroundings by going to Nanjo (Cape Chinen Park & Kudakajima Island), Onna-son (Onna Station Nakayukui Market & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Cape Zampa (in Yomitan-son). Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Awase Shrine, and pause for some photo ops at Tomori no Ishibori Ufujishi.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Naha online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Aso to Naha takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Aso in April; daily highs in Naha reach 28°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nanjo, Onna-son, Itoman, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Tomori no Ishibori Ufujishi
Highlights from your plan
Cape Zampa ©
Cape Zampa
Katsuren Castle Ruins ©
Katsuren Castle Ruins
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

4
nights
Ishigaki

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking & Canoeing. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, pause for some photo ops at Yoko Gushiken Monument, don't miss a visit to Euglena Mall, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Ishigaki itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Garyu Sanso and Shirai Fall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsuyama: Shikoku Karst Onogahara (in Seiyo), Omogo Valley (in Kumakogen-cho) and Namekawakeikoku (in Toon). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, steep yourself in history at Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, get to know the fascinating history of Iyo Ozu Sukunahikona Shrine, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Matsuyama trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Matsuyama takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in April, things will get little chillier in Matsuyama: highs are around 20°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uchiko-cho, Toon, Ozu, Shikoku Karst Onogahara, Nakatsu Valley
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Iyo Ozu Sukunahikona Shrine ©
Iyo Ozu Sukunahikona Shrine
Thermal Spas

4
nights
Kochi

Kochi
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kochi Castle and Sunday Market. Explore Kochi's surroundings by going to Mt. Kanpuzan (in Ino-cho), Yasuike Valley (in Niyodogawa-cho) and Muroto (Muroto Cape, Searest Muroto, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, admire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, head outdoors with Wanpaku Kochi, and stroll around Godaisan Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kochi tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Kochi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Kochi are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Muroto, Zenshibuji Temple, Mt. Kanpuzan, Yasuike Valley
Highlights from your plan
Yasuike Valley
Yasuike Valley
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Muroto Cape ©
Muroto Cape

3
nights
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Step off the beaten path and head to Teshima Art Museum and Benesse House Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naoshima-cho: Bizen (Mt. Kuma, FAN Museum, &more) and Hitoyama Rikyu Hachiman Shrine (in Tonosho-cho). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum and admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project.

For maps and more tourist information, you can read our Naoshima-cho day trip site.

You can drive from Kochi to Naoshima-cho in 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Naoshima-cho can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Bizen, Tonosho-cho
Highlights from your plan
Teshima Art Museum ©
Teshima Art Museum
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum

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