55 days in Japan Itinerary

55 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
1
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly
2
Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Naha
— 5 nights
Fly
4
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Train
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
6
Osaka
— 6 nights
Drive
7
Ise
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
9
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
10
Yamanouchi-machi
— 5 nights
Drive
11
Kamakura
— 2 nights
Drive
12
Tokyo
— 7 nights
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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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, walk around Kabira Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, and stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

Nottingham, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Nottingham to Ishigaki is 9 hours. Traveling from Nottingham in January, expect Ishigaki to be much hotter, temps between 24°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:
Highlights from your trip
Kabira Bay ©
Water Body
Kabira Bay
4.4
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Observation Deck
Tamatorizaki Observatory
4.4

5
nights
Motobu-cho

Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Izena-son (Shirasagi Lookout & Mt. Izena Forest Park), Nakijin-son (Kouri Ohashi & Kouri Beach) and Kouri Island (in Miyakojima). There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, meet the residents at Okichan Theater, identify plant and animal life at USS Emmons, and take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Motobu-cho road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in January, plan for little chillier nights in Motobu-cho, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:
Highlights from your trip
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
World heritage site
Nakijin Castle Ruins
4.2
Kouri Ohashi ©
Bridge
Kouri Ohashi
4.5

5
nights
Naha

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Awase Shrine (in Okinawa City), Nakagusuku-son (Nakagusuku Castle Ruins & Blue Sky) and Uruma (Umi-Budou henza Farm & Kafu Banta). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, make a trip to Kokusaidori, let your taste buds guide you at Taste of Okinawa Cooking Experience, and contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Naha trip itinerary site.

Drive from Motobu-cho to Naha in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Motobu-cho in January, Naha is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:
Highlights from your trip
Shurijo Castle ©
Castle
Shurijo Castle
4.1
Kokusaidori ©
Landmark
Kokusaidori
3.1
Blue Sky ©
Outdoor Activity
Blue Sky
4.9

3
nights
Nagasaki

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Change things up with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, don't miss a visit to Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, and take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki attractions site.

You can fly from Naha to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. When traveling from Naha in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Nagasaki, with highs around 11°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:
Highlights from your trip
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Theme Park
Huis Ten Bosch
3.6
Glover Garden ©
Garden
Glover Garden
4.1

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, have fun at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima road trip planner.

Take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:
Highlights from your trip
Miyajima
Island
Miyajima
4.8
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Historic Site
Atomic Bomb Dome
4.7

6
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Osaka

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Himeji Castle, &more), Nishinomiya (Koshikiiwa Shrine, Akamon Oneribei, &more) and Kiyoshikojin Seichoji (in Takarazuka). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Ise.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your trip
Osaka Castle ©
Castle
Osaka Castle
4.0
Dotombori District ©
Neighborhood
Dotombori District
4.0

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ise: Toba (Shinmei Shrine, Harusame Observatory, &more) and Takinomiya (in Taiki-cho). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, don't miss a visit to Hinjitsukan, and explore the activities along Isuzugawa.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ise trip planning app.

You can drive from Osaka to Ise in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Osaka in February, Ise is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:
Highlights from your trip
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Religious Site
Ise Grand Shrine
4.7
Okage Yokocho ©
Landmark
Okage Yokocho
4.2
Ise Shrine Geku
Historic Walking Area
Ise Shrine Geku
4.6

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Ise to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 1°C in Kyoto. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 12:
Highlights from your trip
Gion
Neighborhood
Gion
4.1

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Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and J-Wet Adventures (in Toyama). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

5
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Yamanouchi-machi

The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yamanouchi-machi: Kijimadaira-mura (Kijimadaira Ski Resort & Tosen-ji Temple), Nagano (Zenko-ji Post Office, Snow Monkey Resorts, &more) and Nozawaonsen-mura (Nozawa Onsen & Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, play a few rounds at Seizan Golf Course, stroll through Shiga Kogen, and hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi tour itinerary planning app.

Getting from Kanazawa to Yamanouchi-machi by combination of train and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in February, expect Yamanouchi-machi to be little chillier, temps between 4°C and -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kamakura.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 20:
Highlights from your trip

2
nights
Kamakura

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
On the 21st (Sun), don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, then take some stellar pictures from Hase-dera Temple Scenic Walkway, and finally steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. On the next day, stop by Kotonoichi Kamakura, then step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Samukawa Shrine, and finally admire the natural beauty at Azumayama Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kamakura trip maker.

Drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Kamakura in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in February, Kamakura is a bit warmer at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 22:
Highlights from your trip
Hase-dera Temple ©
Historic Site
Hase-dera Temple
4.6
Kōtoku-in ©
Religious Site
Kōtoku-in
4.3

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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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary app.

Getting from Kamakura to Tokyo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kamakura, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 22 — Mar 1:
Highlights from your trip
Tokyo Tower ©
Architectural Building
Tokyo Tower
4.2

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