57 days in Japan Itinerary

57 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 5 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Fly
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 6 nights
Fly
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 8 nights
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Motobu-cho

— 4 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son) and Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, experience rural life at Aiai Farm, head off the coast to Minnajima Island, and walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

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Auckland, New Zealand to Motobu-cho is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Auckland to Motobu-cho due to the time zone difference. In September, Motobu-cho is much hotter than Auckland - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 9:

Ishigaki

— 6 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.
Step out of Ishigaki with an excursion to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima--about 1h 55 min away. Spend 15th (Wed) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, stop by Ibaruma Farm Fruits Chokubaijo, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki takes 5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 15:

Nagasaki

— 5 nights

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagasaki side-trips: Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch & Balinese Salon Sasebo). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi, kick back and relax at Takahama Beach, and see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Nagasaki by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in September, with highs in Nagasaki at 32°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 20:

Hiroshima

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Japanese Rural Toy Museum). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima journey builder website.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 25:

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 26th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and then see the interesting displays at Ako City Folk Shiryokan. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and then kick back and relax at Matsue Swimming Beach.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji itinerary maker website.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Himeji, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, indulge your taste buds at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience, and take a stroll through Gion.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip site.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 23°C in Kyoto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 3:

Matsumoto

— 5 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.
Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, &more) and Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle, examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hotaka Mountain Range.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kyoto in October, with highs in Matsumoto at 21°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). There's lots more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, kick back and relax at Gongenmori Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 13:

Sapporo

— 6 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Noboribetsu (Spas & Jigokudani) and Otaru (Tomioka Catholic Church & Otaru Canal). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Odori Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Hakkogakuen Hanashobupark, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and get great views at Mt. Moiwa.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sapporo online road trip planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kanazawa in October: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around 15°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 19:

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), Arayayama Shrine Okumiya (in Fujiyoshida) and Odaki Medaki Fall (in Doshi-mura). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, and browse the exhibits of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi road trip planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Hakone-machi by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sapporo in October, with highs in Hakone-machi at 19°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:

Tokyo

— 8 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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip app.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in October: highs in Tokyo hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 31:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.