58 days in Japan Itinerary

58 days in Japan Itinerary

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58 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Ishigaki
— 14 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
4
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Matsumoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
10
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
11
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
12
Biei-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: London

14
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yonehara Beach and Cape Hirakubozaki. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Kohama-jima (Ubutaki Lookouts & Uminchu Park) and Kuro-shima (Nakamoto Beach & Iko Pier). Spend the 31st (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, and take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip planner.

London, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in August, expect nights in Ishigaki to be much warmer, around 32°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Taketomi-cho, Kohama-jima, Kuro-shima
Find places to stay Aug 21 — Sep 4:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima online road trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. September in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Mizuochi Falls ©
Mizuochi Falls

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. Next up on the itinerary: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, and stroll through Aragusuku Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima day trip planning site .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. September in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Takachiho Gorge and Amano Yasugawara. Change things up with these side-trips from Takachiho-cho: Aso (Daikanbo & Kusasenri), Onsen Resorts (in Minamioguni-machi) and Ikeyama Springs (in Ubuyama-mura). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, and explore the activities along Ikenokawa Suigen.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Takachiho-cho by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Miyakojima in September: high temperatures in Takachiho-cho hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Ikeyama Springs, Ikenokawa Suigen, Onsen Resorts, Mt. Aso
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Taikoiwa. Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kusukawa Tenmangu Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tashiro Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Isso Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip website .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa

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 discover tucked-away gems like MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, & more) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, explore the activities along Setonaikai, don't miss a visit to Peace Flame, and examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planning site .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima ©
MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Mt. Kurama. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninna-ji Temple, examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ainokura Gassho Community and Kanazawa Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura) and Gokayama (in Nanto). There's much more to do: examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and look for gifts at Amanatto Kawamura.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa day trip app .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nanto, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Norikura Kogen and Pond Tashiro. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Myojin Pond, take in the dramatic scenery at Zengoro Fall, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, and take a stroll around Nakamachi Kurassic-kan.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Matsumoto attractions planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Matsumoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Norikura Kogen (Highland) ©
Norikura Kogen (Highland)
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro
Myojin Pond
Myojin Pond

4
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 hidden gems such as Samurai Armor Photo Studio and Kamogawa Sea World. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Sky Garden (in Yokohama), Yokohama Port Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal (in Naka) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hie Jinjya, take a stroll through Ueno, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

Getting from Matsumoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Matsumoto - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Yokohama, Mt. Takao, Kamogawa Sea World
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shiretoko Goko Lake and Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. The adventure continues: get outside with Road to Heaven, explore the striking landscape at Godzilla Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Furepe Waterfall, and explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko Nature Center.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tokyo to Shari-cho in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tokyo in October, with highs in Shari-cho at 16°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls

3
nights
Biei-cho

Biei-cho ©
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shikisai no Oka and Patchwork no Michi. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower, make a trip to Panorama Road, admire the natural beauty at Zerubunoka Atomunooka, and delve into the lush surroundings at Biruke no Mori.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Biei-cho trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Shari-cho to Biei-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Shari-cho in October since evenings lows in Biei-cho dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sapporo.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:
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Shikisai no Oka ©
Shikisai no Oka
Patchwork no Michi ©
Patchwork no Michi

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt. Okura Observatory and Mt. Moiwa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath (in Noboribetsu), Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). There's much more to do: stroll around Moerenuma Park, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, make a trip to Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), and enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Biei-cho to Sapporo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sapporo when traveling from Biei-cho in October, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Otaru Canal, Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

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