58 days in Japan Itinerary

58 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 5 nights
Drive
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Bus to 古島駅前, Fly to Kagoshima
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Izu
— 5 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Exeter

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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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, stroll around Banna Park, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki trip app.

Exeter, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Exeter to Ishigaki. February in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 8:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri, Heiwa no Ishiji, &more), Nanjo (Kudakajima Island, Cape Chinen Park, &more) and Nakagusuku-son (Nakagusuku Castle Ruins & Blue Sky). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, make a trip to Kokusaidori, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clara Church, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Naha trip planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Naha are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 13:

Motobu-cho

— 2 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.
On the 14th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, then walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi, relax in the rural setting at Aiai Farm, and then go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Motobu-cho tour builder app.

Getting from Naha to Motobu-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Naha in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Motobu-cho, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:

Kagoshima

— 2 nights

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
On the 16th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Sengan-en, take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory, then take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Shiroyama, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myoken Shrine, then contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kagoshima Prefectural Office Observation Lobby.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kagoshima day trip planning site.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Kagoshima by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In February, Kagoshima is slightly colder than Motobu-cho - with highs of 13°C and lows of 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:

Nagasaki

— 3 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.
Step out of Nagasaki with an excursion to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Glover Garden, take in the views from Megane Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and steep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in February, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 20:

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 22:

Osaka

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle), Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Yoneda Taishiji Temple (in Takasago). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, indulge in some personalized pampering at SpaWorld, make a trip to Tamade no Taki, and steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Osaka vacation builder website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In February in Osaka, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 22 — 27:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

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

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 4:

Nagoya

— 4 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagoya side-trips: Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama), Mino Kaneyamajo Ato (in Kani) and Ise (Tsukiyominomiya, Ise Shrine Geku, &more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya road trip planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Nagoya by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Nagoya are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 8:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, &more). The adventure continues: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

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You can drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Nagoya in March, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 11:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 3 nights
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 Ski Resort (in Kijimadaira-mura), Myoko (Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort & Suginohara) and Nozawa Onsen (in Nozawaonsen-mura). The adventure continues: stroll through Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, fly down the slopes at Shiga Kogen, and take in the pleasant sights at Ryuoo Mountain Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yamanouchi-machi trip planner.

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. In March, daily temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Izu.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 14:

Izu

— 5 nights
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Change things up with these side-trips from Izu: Thermal Spas (in Kofu), Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls (in Kawazu-cho) and Oshima-machi (Ura Desert & Oshima Park). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, take in nature's colorful creations at Atami Plum Garden, make a trip to Kantsuki Tensho Kimko, and play a few rounds at Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Izu trip itinerary website.

Drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Izu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in March; daily highs in Izu reach 15°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Izu

Parks · Outdoors · Golf · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 19:

Tokyo

— 6 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.
Have a day of magic on the 23rd (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, stroll around Ueno Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Izu to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Izu in March, plan for little chillier nights in Tokyo, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 25:

Sapporo

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Noboribetsu (Spas, Jigokudani, &more). There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, and enjoy breathtaking views from Okurayama Lookout.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo journey maker app.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Sapporo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in March: highs in Sapporo hover around 1°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 30:

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.