55 days in Japan Itinerary

55 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

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Fly to Hiroshima Airport, Drive to Izumo
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Izumo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Ibusuki
— 3 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
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Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Taketomi-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima
— 7 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 5 nights
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Izumo

— 3 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Former Taisha Station and Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse. Step out of the city life by going to Inasa Beach and Shinji Lake. Explore Izumo's surroundings by going to Adachi Museum of Art (in Yasugi), Matsue (Shimane Art Museum & Matsue Castle) and Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine (in Oda). And it doesn't end there: get advice or help at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, explore the ancient world of Kojindani Ruin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine, and see the interesting displays at Mizuki Shigeru Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Izumo trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Izumo is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in March, things will get slightly colder in Izumo: highs are around 15°C and lows about 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 2:

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Visiting Miyajima and Mt. Misen will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Hiroshima Castle. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Kure (JMSDF Kure Museum & Yamato Museum). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

Find out how to plan Hiroshima trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Izumo to Hiroshima by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 5:

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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Dotombori District in Dotombori, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Yasaka Shrine.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto attractions app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 11:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ainokura Gassho Community and Nomura Family Samurai House. Step off the beaten path and head to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Oyama Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Sakai (Maruoka Castle & Tojimbo Cliff), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (in Shirakawa-mura). The adventure continues: visit Gokayama, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, and steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kyoto in April since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and Tokyo National Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Odaiba District, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and shop like a local with Asakusa.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in April since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 20:

Yakushima-cho

— 5 nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pontankan and Sugisho. Step out of the city life by going to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Tachudake. Spend the 22nd (Sat) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Nagata Inakahama, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mocchomudake, make a trip to Wilson Stump, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip site.

You can fly from Tokyo to Yakushima-cho in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo in April, Yakushima-cho is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 25:

Ibusuki

— 3 nights
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
Explore hidden gems such as Onsen Resorts and Chiran Samurai Residence Garden. Chiran Peace Museum and Satsuma Denshokan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Ibusuki: Kagoshima (Sengan-en & Museum of the Meiji Restoration). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kaimondake and don't miss a visit to Cape Nagasakibana.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ibusuki planner.

Ride a ferry from Yakushima-cho to Ibusuki in 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in April: highs in Ibusuki hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:

Iriomote-jima

— 4 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hoshisuna Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. We've included these beaches for you: Ida no Hama Beach and Todomari Beach. It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls and head off the coast to Barasu Island.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima holiday builder app.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Ibusuki to Iriomote-jima takes 10 hours. Traveling from Ibusuki in April, things will get a bit warmer in Iriomote-jima: highs are around 30°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:

Ishigaki

— 5 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Yonehara Beach and Akashi Beach. Get some cultural insight at Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Yaima Village. There's lots more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, walk around Kabira Park, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and add some fun to your beach time Fusaki Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Ishigaki vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about 2 hours. In May in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay May 2 — 7:

Taketomi-jima

— 2 nights
A tiny island in the Yae-yama archipelago, Taketomi-jima enjoys popularity as a beach getaway, best known for its stretches of "star sand"--sand made up of tiny star-shaped exoskeletons of ancient fossils.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach, kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, and then make a trip to Nagomi Tower. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, examine the collection at Taketomi Folk Art Museum, then take a peaceful walk through Mangrove at Ishinagata Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Kubazaki Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Taketomi-jima trip itinerary website.

Getting from Ishigaki to Taketomi-jima by ferry takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Miyakojima

— 7 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Head to Atarasu Ichiba and Furusatofor some retail therapy. Visiting Toguchi no Hama and Sunayama Beach will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Taketomi-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In May, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay May 9 — 16:

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum and Himeyuri Peace Museum. Nakijin Castle Ruins and Sefa-Utaki will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naha: Aharen Beach (in Tokashiki-son), Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri & Okinawa Peace Memorial Park) and Zamami-son (Furuzamami Beach & Zamami Island). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Fukushu-en Garden, stop by Yukura, and make a trip to Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Naha trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Naha in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 21:

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.