54 days in Japan Itinerary

54 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
2
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
3
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
4
Onna-son
— 5 nights
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
7
Kyoto
— 6 nights
8
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
9
Toyooka
— 3 nights
10
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
11
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
12
Nikko
— 5 nights
13
Tokyo
— 6 nights

4
nights
Ishigaki

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Hirakubozaki and Kondoi Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kuroshima Research Institute and Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi. Venture out of the city with trips to Kohama-jima (Kubazaki Beach & Hairumubushi Beach) and Kuro-shima (Nishinohama, Nakamoto Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: get outside with Yonehara Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach, and stop by Yurateiku Market.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki day trip website.

Milan, Italy to Ishigaki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Milan to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milan in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Ishigaki. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kuro-shima, Kohama-jima, Taketomi-cho, Taketomi-jima
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visiting Hoshisuna Beach and Ida no Hama Beach will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Todomari Beach and Haemida Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Shirahama Port, look for all kinds of wild species at Nakama-river Protected Region, don't miss a visit to Funauki Village, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach
Shirahama Port ©
Shirahama Port

4
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get outdoors at Sunayama Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. We've included these beaches for you: Shigira Beach and Yonaha Maehama Beach. There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, examine the collection at Miyakojima City Museum, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and enjoy the sand and surf at Nakanoshima Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji

5
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
You'll get in some beach time at Nirai Beach and Kariyushi Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kemmin no Mori Forest Science Museum and Nago Catholic Church. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Kouri Beach (in Nakijin-son) and Okuma Beach (in Kunigami-son). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sun Marina Beach, Head underground at Blue Cave, look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and look for all kinds of wild species at Manza Dream Hole.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Onna-son attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Onna-son takes 5 hours. In August in Onna-son, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kouri Beach, Okuma Beach, Nago Catholic Church, Nirai Beach
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 23:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nirai Beach ©
Nirai Beach
Okuma Beach ©
Okuma Beach

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 24th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land, thentake in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mocchomudake, thenstop by Pontankan, thenadmire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Anbo River.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Onsen Resorts
Tachudake ©
Tachudake

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bay Side Beach Saka and Mikasahama Beach. Shop till you drop at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street and Schmoe House. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Senjokaku, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To plan Hiroshima vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Do a combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Bay Side Beach Saka
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Koyasan Okunoin and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Koyasan Danjo Garan. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Kongobu-ji Temple in Koya-cho, approximately Koya-cho away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, stop by Gion, steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Koya-cho
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 4:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Ota Town Ishigaki Memorial Hall, see the interesting displays at Taiji Whale Museum, get outside with Kujirahama Beach, thensee the interesting displays at Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall, thenstop by Katsuura Nigiwai Market, and finally don't miss a visit to Katsuura Kyochiho Oroshiuri Ichiba.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho road trip website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nachikatsura-cho, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Museums Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Taiji-cho
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:
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Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall ©
Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall
Taiji Whale Museum ©
Taiji Whale Museum

3
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Street of Kinosaki Onsen and Onsenji Temple. Izushi Castle Town and Izushi Karo Yashiki are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toyooka: Sakyu Center (in Tottori) and Iwami-cho (Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore, Uradome Coast Oguri beach beaches, &more). And it doesn't end there: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gokurakuji Temple, make a trip to Hachigoro's Tojima Wetland, and see the interesting displays at Ito Kiyonaga Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Toyooka travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Toyooka in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in September: high temperatures in Toyooka hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Toyooka

Beaches Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Iwami-cho, Sakyu Center
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:
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Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore ©
Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Thermal Spas

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.
Get outdoors at Iwasehama Beach and Mikawa Beach. Shop till you drop at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center and Sakuda Honten. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Komatsu (Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, Motorcar Museum of Japan, &more), Toyama (THE SUIBOKU MUSEUM, TOYAMA & Toyama Glass Art Museum) and Sailboat Kaiwomaru (in Imizu). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Gokayama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyuho-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kanda house, and stop by Higashichaya Old Town.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa holiday builder app.

You can drive from Toyooka to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Komatsu, Shirakawa-mura, Toyama, Nanto, Hakusan
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 13:
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Dolls Museum ©
Dolls Museum
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Kanda house ©
Kanda house

2
nights
Shari-cho

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.
Visiting Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Shiretoko Beach will get you outdoors. Shiretoko Museum and Kita no Alp Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Brethren Shari Church, look for gifts at Shari Kobo Shiretokoya, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Raiun Shrine.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho itinerary website.

Getting from Kanazawa to Shari-cho by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Kanazawa in September, expect Shari-cho to be little chillier, temps between °C and °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach

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.
Popular historic sites such as Taiyuimbyo Shrine and Cryptomeria Avenue are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Oya temple and Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Nikko: Utsunomiya (Tagesan Fudoson Temple, Tochigi Prefectural Museum, &more), Nasu-machi (Nasu Stained Glass Museum & Nasu Yuzen Shrine) and Nasushiobara (Ryuka Waterfall, Onsen Resorts, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onsenji Temple, and get outside with Odashirogahara.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Nikko travel tool.

Traveling by flight from Shari-cho to Nikko takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, Nikko is somewhat warmer than Shari-cho - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Utsunomiya, Nasushiobara, Nasu-machi
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 21:
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Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji
Oya temple ©
Oya temple

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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.
Appreciate the collections at teamLab☆Planets and Madame Tussauds Tokyo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan and Kencho-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yamanakako Bungaku no Mori Park (in Yamanakako-mura), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Momiji Tunnel & Sankodai) and Fujiyoshida (Tsutsujigahara Fujizakura Colony, Chureito Pagoda, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Nezu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing), wander the streets of Kagurazaka, and stop by Ueno District.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online journey maker.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Fujiyoshida, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Yamanakako Bungaku no Mori Park
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 27:
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teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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