57 days in Japan Itinerary

57 days in Japan Itinerary

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57 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + Tram + Train:  19 h 30 min
1
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
4
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Fukuoka
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Nikko
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
9
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
10
Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
11
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly:  19 h
End: Toronto

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Takaoka (Gallery Otera & Ikadai Residence), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa online trip itinerary builder .

Toronto, Canada to Kanazawa is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Toronto to Kanazawa, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Wajima, Takaoka, Gongenmori Beach
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 21:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana), Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Kita) and Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). There's lots more to do: 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 Kinkaku-ji.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 27:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Okayama (Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden), Asago (Takeda Teramachi Street & Awaga Shrine) and Yabu (Tendaki Falls & Tarumino Ozakura). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Himeji Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Himeji trip builder.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Takasago, Yabu, Asago, Okayama, Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Onomichi (Kosanji Temple & Senkoji & Senkoji Park) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Miyajima, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Onomichi, Tobishima Kaido, Ohara Museum of Art
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 5:
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

5
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fukuoka: Hirabaru Historical Park (in Itoshima), Nagasaki (Glover Garden, Nagasaki Peace Park, &more) and Kannon Falls (in Karatsu). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, make a trip to Hakata Station, let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip maker app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Dazaifu, Yokan Museum, Hompuku-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu

6
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, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, make a trip to Cape Ongazaki, and walk around Banna Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Ishigaki takes 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Fukuoka in July since evenings lows in Ishigaki dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kondoi Beach, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

6
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 Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Kōtoku-in, Hase-dera Temple, &more), Nagoji Temple (in Tateyama) and Minato Mirai 21 (in Yokohama). There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tokyo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Tokyo, with lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Minato Mirai 21, Tokyo Disneyland, Nagoji Temple
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nikko side-trips: Maebashi (Mt. Nabewari & Kakumambuchi), Nasu-machi (Fujishiro Seiji Museum, Yahata Park, &more) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Minakami-machi). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, explore the striking landscape of Nikko National Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Sanbon Yaridake Moutain.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nikko route maker app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in July, you will find days in Nikko are little chillier (31°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nasu-machi, Maebashi, Nikko National Park, Sanbon Yaridake Moutain, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

5
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.
Explore Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya), Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more) and Keigashima Canyon (in Susono). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, let the kids burn off some steam at Onshirin Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, and don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip site .

Traveling by car from Nikko to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nikko in July, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Izu, Fujiyoshida, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Keigashima Canyon
Find places to stay Jul 27 — Aug 1:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Maihime Breweries (in Suwa), Mt. Nagamine (in Azumino) and Prince & Skyline Museum (in Okaya). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shirouma, deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Matsumoto holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in August, you will find days in Matsumoto are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Karuizawa-machi, Hakuba-mura, Azumino, Zenko-ji Temple, Prince & Skyline Museum
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Happo Pond ©
Happo Pond
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple

5
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu), Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Otaru (Tomioka Catholic Church & Otaru Canal). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Odori Park, fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo online holiday planner .

You can fly from Matsumoto to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Matsumoto in August, you will find days in Sapporo are little chillier (27°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Otaru, Akabira City Coal Mine Heritage Guidance Facility, Arte Piazza Bibai, Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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