53 days in Japan Itinerary

53 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
3
Naha
— 4 nights
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
5
Nikko
— 5 nights
6
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
7
Matsumoto
— 5 nights
8
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
9
Kyoto
— 5 nights
10
Koya-cho
— 3 nights
11
Osaka
— 4 nights
12
Himeji
— 1 night
13
Hiroshima
— 4 nights

5
nights
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, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki day trip app.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Ishigaki is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Ishigaki. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 6:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 7th (Mon), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Barasu Island, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, thenhead off the coast to Iriomote Island, and finally admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

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You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

4
nights
Naha

Naha ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Blue Cave), Tokashiki-son (Hanari Island, Aharen Beach, &more) and Motobu-cho (Minnajima Island, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, head off the coast to Kerama Islands, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gahijima Sand Dune.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Naha travel route planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Naha by flight takes about 5 hours. In September in Naha, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Zamami-son, Tokashiki-son, Motobu-cho, Onna-son, Kerama Islands
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 12:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Tokyo

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Ginza, and get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planner.

Getting from Naha to Tokyo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Naha in September, with highs in Tokyo at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 17:
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

5
nights
Nikko

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nikko: Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya), Fukiwarenotaki Falls (in Numata) and Katashina-mura (Tennozakura & Shigehachi). Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sakana to Mori no Kansatsuen, don't miss a visit to Senjogahara Field, and take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nikko trip site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Katashina-mura, Oya History Museum, Nikko National Park, Fukiwarenotaki Falls
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 22:
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Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Okuniwa Nature Park (in Narusawa-mura), Sunset Falls (in Minamiashigara) and Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)). Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, kick back and relax at Toi Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Daruma, and take in panoramic vistas at Nakanokura Pass Observation Point.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nikko to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Nikko in September, plan for slightly colder days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Izu, Hakone-machi, Okuniwa Nature Park, Sunset Falls, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

5
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Azumino (Mt. Nagamine & Mt. Hikarujo) and Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Hida Takayama Museum of Art, &more). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Jonen, examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), and delve into the lush surroundings at Tashiro Shitsugen.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Matsumoto day trip website.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Matsumoto are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Takayama, Azumino, Hotaka Mountain Range
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Myojin Pond
Myojin Pond
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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 Aratama Valley (in Komatsu), Mount Hakusan (in Hakusan) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa day trip app.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Aratama Valley, Mount Hakusan, Ishikawa Zoo, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

5
nights
Kyoto

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online road trip planner.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Get out of town with these interesting Koya-cho side-trips: Mt.Takami (in Matsusaka), Kuriyama Family Residence (in Gojo) and Takaminosato (in Higashiyoshino-mura).

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Koya-cho trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Koya-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. October in Koya-cho sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Mt.Takami, Kuriyama Family Residence, Takaminosato
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

4
nights
Osaka

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kobe (Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution & Nunohiki River Valley), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Matsue Swimming Beach (in Akashi). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Matsue Swimming Beach
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Himeji trip site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and enjoy some diversion at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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