59 days in Japan Itinerary

59 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
2
Nikko
— 2 nights
3
Matsumoto
— 5 nights
4
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
6
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
7
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
8
Onna-son
— 5 nights
9
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
10
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
11
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
12
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
13
Kyoto
— 6 nights
14
Ise
— 3 nights
15
Nara
— 3 nights

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.
Visit Asakusa Shrine and Sengaku-ji Temple for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like teamLab☆Planets and Nezu Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Chikurin Park (in Higashikurume) and Kiyose Sunflower Farm (in Kiyose). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, admire the masterpieces at Mori Art Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker tool.

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Los Angeles in July since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chikurin Park, Kiyose Sunflower Farm
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushido, stroll through Italian Embassy House Memorial Park, thentake in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai, thenhead outdoors with Odashirogahara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Onsenji Temple. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get engrossed in the history at Kanaya Hotel History House, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cryptomeria Avenue.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nikko trip builder tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Onsenji Temple ©
Onsenji Temple
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Italian Embassy House Memorial Park ©
Italian Embassy House Memorial Park

5
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tsugaike Natural Park and Matsumoto City Art Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kaichi Gakko Primary School and Koboyama Ancient Tomb. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Hakuba-mura (Happo Pond & Happo-one Nature Study Course). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukashi Shrine, take a stroll through Nakamachi Street, and take in the views from Myojin Bridge.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Matsumoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chubu, Hakuba-mura, Tsugaike Natural Park
Highlights from your plan
Tsugaike Natural Park ©
Tsugaike Natural Park
Kaichi Gakko Primary School ©
Kaichi Gakko Primary School
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ainokura Gassho Community and Suganuma Gassho Community. Get in touch with nature at Shomyo Falls and Bijodaira. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Midagahara (in Tateyama-machi), Mount Hakusan (in Hakusan) and Nanto (Gokayama & Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Natadera Temple, examine the collection at Dolls Museum, step into the grandiose world of Maruoka Castle, and steep yourself in history at Kazuemachi Tea House Street.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa tour builder website.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nanto, Tateyama-machi, Sakai, Hakusan, Izumi Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Maruoka Castle ©
Maruoka Castle

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Senjokaku and Itsukushima Shrine Torii will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Former Naval Academy (in Etajima), Hatsukaichi (To no Oka, Misen Wild Woods, &more) and Kure (JMSDF Kure Museum & Takatoridai). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and make a trip to Peace Flame.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary website.

Getting from Kanazawa to Hiroshima by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. July in Hiroshima sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Former Naval Academy
Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

3
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Visiting Takachiho Gorge and Tamatare Falls will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Takachiho Shrine and Amano Iwato Shrine. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, explore the striking landscape at Tatsugaiwa Water Fall, identify plant and animal life at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eight Dragon King God of Water Shrine.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho trip builder.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get outside with Isso Beach, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Yaku Shrine, and then see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Yakushimacho History and Folklore Archives and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach

5
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Explore hidden gems such as Sefa-Utaki and Blue Cave. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kemmin no Mori Forest Science Museum and Futenmagu. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Motobu-cho (Bisezaki & Oceanic Culture Museum), Sunabe No.1 (in Chatan-cho) and Akabaka Beach (in Nakijin-son). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Manza Dream Hole, head outdoors with Imadomari Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sun Marina Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Onna-son visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Scuba & Snorkeling, Sefa-Utaki, Futenmagu, Sunabe No.1
Highlights from your plan
Kariyushi Beach ©
Kariyushi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Explore hidden gems such as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center. Escape the urban bustle at Iriomote Island and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakama-river Protected Region, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, and get outside with Shirahama Port.

For ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima takes 6 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

5
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Yonehara Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ishigaki: Kuro-shima (Kuroshima Lighthouse, Nakamoto Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, head outdoors with Maezato Beach, make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, and Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki day trip planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuro-shima, Island Countryside Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visit Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Ninto zeiseki for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yabiji and Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House. There's much more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, get outside with Nagamahama Beach Coast, and stroll the grounds of Tomb of Chirimaya Tuimiya.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. August in Miyakojima sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudarakusanji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, thenidentify plant and animal life at Shingu Inosawa Ukijima Plant Community, and finally steep yourself in history at Ruins of Shingu Castle. On the next day, take a peaceful walk through Nachi Primeval Forest, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, thenstroll through Kinomatsushima Island, and finally head outdoors with Kujirahama Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nachikatsura-cho trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Nachikatsura-cho in 9 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Nachikatsura-cho can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Kujirahama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

6
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 Kennin-ji Temple and Kifune Shrine. Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Kurama and Kamogawa River. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, and see the interesting displays at Kyoto Railway Museum.

You can plan Kyoto trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

3
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yamato-hime Shrine, contemplate the long history of Hinjitsukan, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meotoiwa, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Asama. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Naiku Kaguraden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kazahinominomiya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Jingu Chokokan Museum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kazenomiya.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ise route builder.

Drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kyoto in August, you will find days in Ise are a bit cooler (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Nara.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Takinomiya
Highlights from your plan
Futami Okitama Shrine ©
Futami Okitama Shrine
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Meotoiwa ©
Meotoiwa

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the striking features of Todai-ji Temple Nandai Gate and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Chuguji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, and finally stroll around Nara Park.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Ise to Nara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Ise in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Nara, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ikaruga-cho
Highlights from your plan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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