57 days in Japan Itinerary

57 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 5 nights
Ferry
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Ibusuki
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 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
— 5 nights
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Naha
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Drive
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Izumo
— 4 nights
Fly to New Chitose, Train to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho
— 6 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Cardiff International Airport

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Tokyo

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tokyo National Museum and Mt. Takao. Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ginza are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Odaiba District, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online day trip planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Tokyo are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 1:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Yakushima Environmental Culture Village Center and Ruins of Kosugidani Village. You'll get in some beach time at Nagata Inakahama and Isso Beach. Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Anbo River, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, make a trip to Kawakamisugi, and stop by Yakushima Local Produce Processing and Marketing Center.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho holiday planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Yakushima-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo in March, Yakushima-cho is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 6:

Ibusuki

— 2 nights
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
On the 6th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryugu Shrine, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then head off the coast to Chiringashima. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kaimondake, learn about all things military at Chiran Peace Museum, and then make a trip to Chiran Samurai Residence Garden.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Ibusuki trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Yakushima-cho to Ibusuki in 3 hours. While traveling from Yakushima-cho, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ibusuki, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 8:

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Escape the urban bustle at Hoshisuna Beach and Kanpiree Waterfall. Explore hidden gems such as Iriomote Island and Kayaking & Canoeing. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Utara Tanko.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Iriomote-jima online trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Ibusuki to Iriomote-jima in 10 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ibusuki in March: high temperatures in Iriomote-jima hover around 26°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 11:

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.
Visit Cape Hirakubozaki and Kannonzaki Lighthouse for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Ishigaki Yaima Village and National Astronomical Observatory of Japan-Vera Ishigaki Island Observatory Station. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Kuro-shima (Iko Pier & Nakamoto Beach). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site, see the interesting displays at MInsah Kogei Museum, and stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary website.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 16:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, then head outdoors with Kaiji Beach, then examine the collection at Taketomi Yugafu-kan, and finally see the interesting displays at Taketomi Folk Art Museum. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Nagomi Tower, then kick back and relax at Aiyaruhama Beach, and then get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Taketomi-jima attractions planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Taketomi-jima in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:

Miyakojima

— 5 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Ninto zeiseki are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Toguchi no Hama and Shimojiiima Island. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, see the interesting displays at Underground Dam Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Makiyama Observatory, and head outdoors with Nagamahama Beach Coast.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima vacation maker app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Taketomi-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. March in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 23:

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.
Get some historical perspective at Nakagusuku Castle Ruins and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum and The Tower of Himeyuri. Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Himeyuri Peace Museum (in Itoman), Aharen Beach (in Tokashiki-son) and Furuzamami Beach (in Zamami-son). There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Valley of Gangala, admire the natural beauty at Fukushu-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Tamaudun.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Naha holiday maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Naha takes 2.5 hours. In March in Naha, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 28:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Visiting Ski Jam Katsuyama and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ainokura Gassho Community and Nomura Family Samurai House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Gokayama (in Nanto), The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura) and Tojimbo Cliff (in Sakai). The adventure continues: examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, contemplate the long history of Shima, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and visit Higashichaya Old Town.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Kanazawa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. When traveling from Naha in March, plan for slightly colder days in Kanazawa, with highs around 13°C, while nights are colder with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 1:

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 off the beaten path and head to Hikone Castle and Tsunekami Misaki. Get in touch with nature at Nara Park and Wakasa Wada Beach. Step out of Kyoto to go to Takashima and see Kaizu Osaki, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation app.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 7:

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.
Matsuyama Castle and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Miyajima and Suo-Oshima. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Thermal Spas (in Matsuyama), JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Okunoshima Island (in Takehara). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Izumo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Nature · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:

Izumo

— 4 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo and Adachi Museum of Art. Get some cultural insight at Former Taisha Station and Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse. Explore Izumo's surroundings by going to Matsue (Teahouse Meimei-an & Matsue Castle) and Oda (Daisen-Oki National Park Mt. Sambe & Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Inasa Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Izumotaisha mae Station, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Izumo trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Hiroshima to Izumo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Izumo sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 14:

Kutchan-cho

— 6 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Rusutsu Resort Ski. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tomioka Catholic Church and The Site of Temiya Line. Explore Kutchan-cho's surroundings by going to Toyako Volcano Science Museum (in Toyako-cho), Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Noboribetsu (Oyunuma & Noboribetsu Date Historic Village). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Niseko Village Ski Resort, take an in-depth tour of Otaru Nishin Goten, ponder the design of Yoteino Wakimizu, and contemplate the waterfront views at Shimamu Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Kutchan-cho trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Izumo to Kutchan-cho takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Izumo in April: high temperatures in Kutchan-cho hover around 9°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 20:

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.