56 days in Japan Itinerary

56 days in Japan Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
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Nagoya
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Fukuoka
— 7 nights
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Kochi
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 8 nights

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Niseko Hanazono Resort and Moerenuma Park. Let the collections at Royce' Chocolate World and The Hokkaido University Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho), Niseko-cho (Niseko Outdoor Center & Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area) and Nidom Classic Course (in Tomakomai). And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, explore the activities along Otaru Canal, make a trip to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip planning site.

San Francisco, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. While traveling from San Francisco, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 47°F to lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 6:
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout

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Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Takkoku no Iwaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Motsu-ji Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiraizumi-cho trip itinerary planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sapporo to Hiraizumi-cho. Traveling from Sapporo in April, expect nights in Hiraizumi-cho to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do ©
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory and Kanda house. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Wada House). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and take a stroll through Gokayama.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hiraizumi-cho to Kanazawa. In April, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

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Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Nakasendo Tsumagojuku. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hikone Castle and Sarutahiko Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Saiku Heian no Mori (in Meiwa-cho), Nakatsugawa (Nakasendo Magome-juku & Nakatsugawa Mineral Museum) and Ise (Oharai-machi, Okageza, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, explore the historical opulence of Seinan Sumiyagura, explore the different monuments and memorials at Ryotan-ji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Nagoya Higashiyamaso.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nagoya route website.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nagoya when traveling from Kanazawa in April, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku
Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle

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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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Toji. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

Discover how to plan a Kyoto trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Pontocho District ©
Pontocho District
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nigatsu-do Temple and Izanagi Shrine. Discover out-of-the-way places like Otsuka Museum of Art and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle), Akamon Oneribei (in Nishinomiya) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Nara Park). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get some historical perspective at Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yamato Museum and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi), JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima planning tool.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©

City of Yatai

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.
Get some cultural insight at Kushida Shrine and Kyushu Railway History Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Fukuoka City Museum and Kyushu National Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Fukuoka: Hompuku-ji Temple (in Kiyama-cho), Nagoya Castle Ruins (in Karatsu) and Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple & Dazaifu Tenman-gu). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Nanzoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyajidake Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Yoshinogari Historical Park.

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

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Miyajidake Shrine ©
Miyajidake Shrine

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Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kotohira-gu and Zentsu-ji Temple. Get some historical perspective at Kochi Castle and Zenshibuji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kochi side-trips: Izutama Shrine (in Kotohira-cho), Ryoma History Museam (in Konan) and Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum (in Kami). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market, take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, and kick back and relax at Katsura Hama.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Kochi journey planning app.

Getting from Fukuoka to Kochi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Zentsu-ji Temple ©
Zentsu-ji Temple
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Hase-dera Temple and Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, and relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Kochi to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Tokyo sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

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