55 days in Japan Itinerary

55 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 6 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Sapporo

— 5 nights

CIty of Ramen

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu Date Historic Village & Jigokudani), Otaru (Otaru Canal & Tomioka Catholic Church) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). There's still lots to do: walk around Odori Park, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo Dome, take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Jingu.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect nights in Sapporo to be about the same, around 63°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:

Tokyo

— 7 nights
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.
Have a day of magic on the 4th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planning tool.

Fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sapporo in September, with highs in Tokyo at 81°F and lows at 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 6:

Hakone-machi

— 5 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Ikeda museum of 20th century art (in Ito), Kazurayama Castle Ruins (in Susono) and Fujiyoshida (Arayayama Shrine Okumiya & Mt. Shakushi). Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi, and see the interesting displays at Hakone Venetian Glass Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi route planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are slightly colder, around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 11:

Matsumoto

— 6 nights
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 find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Mt. Nagamine (in Azumino), Takayama (Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), Takayama Jinya, &more) and Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Hotaka Mountain Range, indulge in some personalized pampering at Zuisho Matsumotokan, and see the interesting displays at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, expect little chillier with lows of 54°F in Matsumoto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 17:

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa driving holiday planning app.

Take a train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:

Nagasaki

— 4 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagasaki: Sasebo (Balinese Salon Sasebo & Huis Ten Bosch). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, and get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck.

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

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, Nagasaki is a bit warmer at night with lows of 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:

Ishigaki

— 6 nights
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 with an excursion to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima--about 1h 55 min away. Spend 1st (Mon) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, walk around Banna Park, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. In October, Ishigaki is a bit warmer than Nagasaki - with highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — Nov 1:

Motobu-cho

— 4 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son) and Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Cape Manzamo). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, step off the mainland to explore Minnajima Island, go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and explore the gorgeous colors at Sesoko Labyrinth.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho travel route planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in November, Motobu-cho is slightly colder at night with lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 5:

Hiroshima

— 4 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, &more), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum & Ohara Museum of Art). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Motobu-cho in November, with highs in Hiroshima at 63°F and lows at 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 9:

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 10:

Kyoto

— 7 nights
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 find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 17:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.