55 days in Japan Itinerary

55 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
2
Tokyo
— 7 nights
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 6 nights
4
Koya-cho
— 5 nights
5
Kyoto
— 7 nights
6
Himeji
— 3 nights
7
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
8
Sasebo
— 3 nights
9
Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
10
Ishigaki
— 7 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Tateyama-machi (Mikurigaike Pond, Mt. Tateyama, &more), Takayama Jinya (in Takayama) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, and make a trip to Omicho Market.

Plan trip to Kanazawa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

London, UK to Kanazawa is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Kanazawa. Traveling from London in November, you will find days in Kanazawa are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Shirakawa-mura, Sakai, Takayama Jinya, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 24:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). Next up on the itinerary: discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. November in Tokyo sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kamakura, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Nov 24 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Mt. Daruma (in Izu), Numazu Alps Mountains (in Numazu) and Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), &more). Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Fuji, and head outdoors with Mt. Kumotori.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are slightly colder (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Mount Fuji, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Ryugatake, Mt. Daruma
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 7:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

5
nights
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Koya-cho: Takaminosato (in Higashiyoshino-mura), Osugi Canyon (in Odai-cho) and Gose (Katsuragi Highlands & Kiishosoji Temple).

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Koya-cho day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Koya-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in December, you will find days in Koya-cho are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Totsukawa-mura, Gose, Mt.Takami, Mt. Omine, Mitarai Valley
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 12:
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Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Mount Miwa ©
Mount Miwa
Mitarai Valley ©
Mitarai Valley

7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan), Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park) and Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel planner.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Koya-cho in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Kyoto, with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Jindoji Temple
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

3
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka) and Bizen (Hattoji Furusatomura & Mt. Kuma). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, hike along Mt Shosha hiking, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Himeji trip simple and quick.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Bizen, Daisen Outlook, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Mt.Noro (in Kure), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Paddle Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kosanji Temple, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

Find out how to plan Hiroshima trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Sasebo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Okunoshima Island, Mt.Noro, Kosanji Temple, Tobishima Kaido
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

3
nights
Sasebo

Sasebo ©
With its U.S.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sasebo: Chimachibo Park (in Takeo) and Nagasaki (Sōfuku-ji Temple, Catholic Church Hongouchi, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Huis Ten Bosch, take in the dramatic natural features at Meganeiwa, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yumihari.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sasebo itinerary planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Sasebo by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Sasebo sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nagasaki, Chimachibo Park
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden

5
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son), Nago (Nago Bay, Fukugawa Falls, &more) and Onna-son (Manza Dream Hole, Diamond Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, get outside with Nago citizen Beach, explore the gorgeous colors at Sesoko Labyrinth, and look for all kinds of wild species at USS Emmons.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Motobu-cho trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sasebo to Motobu-cho by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sasebo in December; daily highs in Motobu-cho reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nago, Onna-son, Nakijin-son, Iejima Beach Side Horse Park
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

7
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.
Step out of Ishigaki to go to Iriomote-jima and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki online vacation planner.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Motobu-cho in January since evenings lows in Ishigaki dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kondoi Beach, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Scuba & Snorkeling

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