57 days in Japan Itinerary

57 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
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Hakone-machi
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Tsumagoi-mura
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Kusatsu-machi
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Shibukawa
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Nakanojo-machi
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Minakami-machi
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Nikko
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Nasushiobara
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Nasu-machi
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Fukushima
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Obanazawa
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Semboku
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Hakodate
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Toyako-cho
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Senso-ji Temple and Ginza. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, get the lay of the land with Tokyo Walking Tours, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip builder.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 69°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:

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Hakone-machi

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 21st (Mon), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi online itinerary planner.

You can travel from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in September: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 67°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Tsumagoi-mura.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Baths
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

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Tsumagoi-mura

Keep things going the next day: cruise along Manza Highway, then take in the pleasant sights at Onioshidashi Volcanic Park, and then find something for the whole family at Karuizawa Toy Kingdom.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tsumagoi-mura trip planner.

You can travel from Hakone-machi to Tsumagoi-mura in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, daytime highs in Tsumagoi-mura are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Tsumagoi-mura

Nature · Theme Parks · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

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Kusatsu-machi

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): stop by Kajiya Kusatsu Onsen.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kusatsu-machi tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Tsumagoi-mura to Kusatsu-machi by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Shibukawa.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Historic Sites · Parks · Baths · Spas
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

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Shibukawa

Often referred to as the "Belly Button of Japan," the city of Shibukawa celebrates its status as the country's geographical center by hosting the Heso Matsuri, or Belly Button Festival.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mizusawaji, steep yourself in history at Tomioka Silk Mill, and then learn more about the world around you at Gunma Natural Museum. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikaho Shrine, then get to know the fascinating history of Ikaho Stone Steps, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Shibukawa trip maker site.

You can drive from Kusatsu-machi to Shibukawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Shibukawa when traveling from Kusatsu-machi in September, with lows around 71°F. You will leave for Nakanojo-machi on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in Shibukawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Baths · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

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Nakanojo-machi

Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oiwa Fudodo and then look for gifts at Kurumaya. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Ogura no Taki Fall, contemplate the waterfront views at Okushima Lake, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Shima no Oketsu.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nakanojo-machi journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Shibukawa to Nakanojo-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Shibukawa in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Nakanojo-machi, with lows of 64°F. You will leave for Minakami-machi on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Nakanojo-machi

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:

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Minakami-machi

Perched beneath the foothills of several soaring mountains, the town of Minakami-machi provides a picturesque stepping stone from which to explore the dramatic surrounding scenery.
On the 1st (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tanigawa and then make a trip to Doai Station. On your second day here, experience the excitement of Tanigawadake Ropeway, then examine the collection at Tsukiyono Vidro Park, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Minakami-machi trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Nakanojo-machi to Minakami-machi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. You will leave for Nikko on the 3rd (Sat).

Things to do in Minakami-machi

Fun & Games · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

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Nikko

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 Taiyuimbyo Shrine. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shakado Temple, and contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan jinja.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nikko trip maker website.

You can drive from Minakami-machi to Nikko in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Nikko are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. You will leave for Nasushiobara on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Baths
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 7:

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Nasushiobara

A mecca for tourists seeking hot springs and skiing, mountainside Nasushiobara even has a villa for the imperial family.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get a taste of life in the country at Senbonmatsu Dairy Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiō-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unganji Temple, and then examine the collection at Iwamura Kazuo Picture-Book Hill Museum.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nasushiobara sightseeing app.

You can drive from Nikko to Nasushiobara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nikko in October, expect little chillier with lows of 52°F in Nasushiobara. You will leave for Nasu-machi on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Nasushiobara

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

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Nasu-machi

The highland resort town of Nasu-machi brings in visitors with its natural sights and thoughtfully developed tourism infrastructure.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Fujishiro Seiji Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nasu Yuzen Shrine. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Nasu Stained Glass Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Nasu, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Minamigaoka Ranch.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nasu-machi travel planner.

Getting from Nasushiobara to Nasu-machi by journey takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. On the 11th (Sun), you're off to Fukushima.

Things to do in Nasu-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

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Fukushima

Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Uesugi Hakushakutei.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fukushima sightseeing site.

You can travel from Nasu-machi to Fukushima in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daily temperatures in Fukushima can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Obanazawa.

Things to do in Fukushima

Historic Sites · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

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Obanazawa

On the 13th (Tue), soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens and then identify plant and animal life at Shikamura Rice Terraces. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Shirugane Falls, then get to know the fascinating history of Ginzan Yuhodo, and then get all the information you need at Yumeria.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Obanazawa trip planner.

Travel from Fukushima to Obanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Semboku.

Things to do in Obanazawa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

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Semboku

Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ishiguro Samurai House and Morioka Museum of Letter. Venture out of the city with trips to Morioka (Rock-breaking Cherry Tree & Iwate Park (Koen)). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Kakunodate Samurai House Museum, take some stellar pictures from Kuromoriyama Observatory, admire the verdant scenery at Dakigaeri Valley, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Semboku trip itinerary builder.

You can travel from Obanazawa to Semboku in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daytime highs in Semboku are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. On the 19th (Mon), you'll travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:

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Hakodate

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate road trip tool.

Traveling by journey from Semboku to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. On the 21st (Wed), you'll travel to Toyako-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

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Toyako-cho

Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Silo Viewing Platform, then engage your brain at Toyako Volcano Science Museum, and then explore the activities along Lake Toya.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Toyako-cho trip planner.

Traveling by journey from Hakodate to Toyako-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Toyako-cho sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Obihiro.

Things to do in Toyako-cho

Nature · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:

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Obihiro

Arranged in a user-friendly grid system, Obihiro makes a convenient--if unremarkable--gateway for regional explorations.
On the 23rd (Fri), soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens and then contemplate the long history of Obihiro Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): examine the collection at Beet Museum, examine the collection at Obihiro Centennial City Museum, and then try your luck at Banei Tokachi Obihiro Horse Race Track.

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Getting from Toyako-cho to Obihiro by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Toyako-cho in October: highs in Obihiro hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 49°F. You will leave for Teshikaga-cho on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Obihiro

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

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Teshikaga-cho

A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Lake Mashu First Observatory.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Teshikaga-cho trip planning site.

Drive from Obihiro to Teshikaga-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 46°F. You'll set off for Shari-cho on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Nature · Museums · Parks · Baths
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

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Shari-cho

Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
On the 27th (Tue), make a trip to Oshinkosin Observation Deck. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and then contemplate the long history of Old Sulfur Mining Site.

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Drive from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kamikawa-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature · Parks · Baths · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:

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Kamikawa-cho

Because of its proximity to Daisetsuzan National Park and its picturesque surroundings, many visitors opt for a vacation in Kamikawa-cho, looking to explore the pristine natural sights nearby.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): admire the engineering at Taisetu Dam.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kamikawa-cho travel route planner.

You can drive from Shari-cho to Kamikawa-cho in 4 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Kamikawa-cho when traveling from Shari-cho in October, with lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kamikawa-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

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Sapporo

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.
On the 1st (Sun), get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum, and then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kamikawa-cho to Sapporo takes 3 hours. Traveling from Kamikawa-cho in November, Sapporo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 38°F. You'll set off for Noboribetsu on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:

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Noboribetsu

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Cape Chikyu.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu travel route website.

You can drive from Sapporo to Noboribetsu in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In November in Noboribetsu, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:

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Tokyo

Do some cultural sightseeing at Asakusa and National Museum of Nature and Science. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). Enjoy Tokyo some more: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Noboribetsu to Tokyo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Noboribetsu in November, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 62°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 11:

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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.