55 days in Japan Itinerary

55 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Takayama
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
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Kanazawa — 5 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with a short trip to Ishikawa Jumoku Park in Hakusan (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Dolls Museum, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary builder site.

San Francisco, USA to Kanazawa is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, tram, and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Takayama.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Find places to stay Oct 7 — 12:

Takayama — 5 nights

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Mt. Tateyama (in Tateyama-machi), Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Hirugano Highland (in Gujo). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Takayama online road trip planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Takayama sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:

Matsumoto — 6 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 out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano), Shojigataki Falls (in Hokuto) and Hakuba-mura (Happo Pond & Happo-one Nature Study Course). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Kai Komagatake, take in the views from Myojin Bridge, and explore the activities along Matsumotojo Park.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Matsumoto travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Takayama to Matsumoto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 23:

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) and Mt. Shakushi (in Fujiyoshida). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ryugatake, and make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi driving holiday planner.

Getting from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Baths
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:

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.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, stop by Odaiba District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Ishigaki.
Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 3:

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 4th (Fri) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site, visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, and stroll around Kabira Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki route builder website.

Getting from Tokyo to Ishigaki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in November, you will find days in Ishigaki are a bit warmer (80°F), and nights are warmer (71°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Nagasaki.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 9:

Nagasaki — 4 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagasaki: Sasebo (Huis Ten Bosch & Balinese Salon Sasebo). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, contemplate the long history of Glover House and Office, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip builder app.

Getting from Ishigaki to Nagasaki by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in November, expect Nagasaki to be slightly colder, temps between 64°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:

Hiroshima — 5 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Paddle Park, &more). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima online route planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can take a train to Himeji.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 18:

Himeji — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum, Ohara Museum of Art, &more), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, visit Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Himeji are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 22:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Nara (Nara Park, Todai-ji Temple, &more) and Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 30:

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.