55 days in Japan Itinerary

55 days in Japan Itinerary

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55 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Koya-cho
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train:  45​min
6
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
7
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
8
Sasebo
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  6​h 15​min
9
Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Ishigaki
— 7 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: London

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 out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses), Takayama Jinya (in Takayama) and Tateyama-machi (Mikurigaike Pond, Mt. Tateyama, & more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the gorgeous colors at Tojinbo Cliff, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and head outdoors with Echizen Matsuyama.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip tool .

London, UK to Kanazawa is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Kanazawa is 9 hours. Traveling from London in November, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Sakai, Shirakawa-mura, 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama), Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and don't miss a visit to Tokyo National Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. November in Tokyo sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Nov 24 — Dec 1:
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Numazu Alps Mountains (in Numazu), Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), & more) and Mt. Daruma (in Izu). Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ryugatake.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Fujikawaguchiko-machi vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 8°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Baths

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Mt. Kumotori, Mount Fuji, Ryugatake
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 ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Koya-cho: Takaminosato (in Higashiyoshino-mura), Gose (Katsuragi Highlands & Kiishosoji Temple) and Osugi Canyon (in Odai-cho).

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Koya-cho trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Koya-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Koya-cho: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gose, Totsukawa-mura, Mitarai Valley, Miyama no Sato Shinrin Park, Mount Miwa
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Osaka Castle, & more), Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, take a stroll through Gion, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Koya-cho to Kyoto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Koya-cho in December, with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

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

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). Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, trek along Mt Shosha hiking, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, and make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Himeji tour itinerary site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Himeji are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

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

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. Misen (in Miyajima), Mt.Noro (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Paddle Park, & more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and get outside with Tobishima Kaido.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip tool .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Sasebo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kosanji Temple, Tobishima Kaido, Okunoshima Island, Mt.Noro
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen

3
nights
Sasebo

Sasebo ©
With its U.S.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sasebo: Chimachibo Park (in Takeo) and Nagasaki (Sofukuji Temple, Catholic Church Hongouchi, & more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Huis Ten Bosch, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yumihari, and take some stellar pictures from Meganeiwa.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Sasebo journey planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Sasebo in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Sasebo are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. 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
Chimachibo Park ©
Chimachibo Park
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Motobu-cho side-trips: Nago (Nago citizen Beach, Fukugawa Falls, & more), Onna-son (Manza Dream Hole, Diamond Beach, & more) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, step off the mainland to explore Minnajima Island, see the vivid underwater world at Sesoko Labyrinth, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sasebo to Motobu-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Sasebo in December, expect Motobu-cho to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Onna-son, Nago, 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.
Take a break from Ishigaki with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima, about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, and get outside with Yarabudake.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki travel planning website .

Getting from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Motobu-cho in January, Ishigaki is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°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 Parks Tours

Side Trips

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

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