50 days in Japan Itinerary

50 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train
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Nikko
— 5 nights
Train to Odawara Station, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Bus to Odawara Station, Train to Matsumoto
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Hikone
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Matsuyama
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
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Koya-cho
— 5 nights
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Tokyo

— 7 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.
Head to Ginza and Asakusafor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at Meguro River and Mt. Takao. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stroll around Ueno Park, take a stroll through Akihabara, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tokyo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Billund, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Billund to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Billund in April, with highs in Tokyo at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 6:

Nikko

— 5 nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nikko Tosho-gu and Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park. Get in touch with nature at Nikko National Park and Ryuzu Waterfall. Venture out of the city with trips to Ashikaga Flower Park (in Ashikaga), Sano Premium Outlet (in Sano) and Showakan (in Utsunomiya). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, learn the secrets of beer at Katayama Shuzo, and take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nikko trip planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in May, you will find days in Nikko are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 11:

Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Do your shopping at Pola Museum of Art and Gotemba Premium Outlets. Escape the urban bustle at Mount Fuji and Lake Ashinoko. Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Inoue Sake Brewery (in Oi-machi) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, try out the rides at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, and contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hakone-machi day trip planning app.

Do a combination of train and bus from Nikko to Hakone-machi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Hakone-machi are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 15:

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Matsumoto Castle and Kaichi Gakko Primary School. Get outdoors at Hanakomichi and Pond Tashiro. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, stop by Nawate Shopping District, explore the activities along Taisho Pond, and steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip tool.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Matsumoto, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Nomura Family Samurai House. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & Nagase house) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa holiday planner.

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in May, Kanazawa is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hikone.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

Hikone

— 2 nights
A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Kurokabe Square, buy something for everyone on your list at Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hachiman-bori. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Hikone Castle Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Genkyuen Garden, and then explore the historical opulence of Hikone Castle.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Hikone online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kanazawa to Hikone by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hikone, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hikone

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 23:

Kyoto

— 8 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.
Visiting Kyoto Round Trip Trail, Kitayama Course East Route and Mt. Takao will get you outdoors. Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Ninja Dojo and Storefor plenty of shopping. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour planning website.

You can take a train from Hikone to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Hikone in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 23 — 31:

Himeji

— 2 nights
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 1st (Wed), hike along Mt Shosha hiking and then revel in the low prices at Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then take an exotic tour of Himeji Central Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji trip maker website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Miyajima and Mikasahama Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Itsukushima Shrine. When in Hiroshima, make a side trip to see Itsukushima Gekijyo in Hatsukaichi, approximately Hatsukaichi away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, test the waters at Hiroshima Stretch, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:

Matsuyama

— 2 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 6th (Mon), buy something for everyone on your list at Emifull Masaki, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, walk around Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle), and then examine the collection at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama trip site.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Hiroshima to Matsuyama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:

Osaka

— 4 nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotombori District and Nara Park. Head to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and Kobe Harborlandfor plenty of shopping. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Japan Tour Adventure in Nara). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Matsuyama to Osaka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Matsuyama in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 11:

Koya-cho

— 5 nights
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Farm Market Yottette Michi no Eki Kudoyama and Kadohama Gomatofu Sohompo. Get a sense of the local culture at Mt. Koya and Koyasan Okunoin. Step out of Koya-cho to go to Totsukawa-mura and see Tanizeno Tsuribashi, which is approximately 46 minutes away.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Koya-cho trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Koya-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 16:

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.