59 days in Japan Itinerary

59 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour itinerary planner

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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Nagoya
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Motobu-cho side-trips: Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma), Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling, Blue Cave, &more) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Motobu-cho vacation planning app.

Singapore, Singapore to Motobu-cho is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in March, with highs in Motobu-cho at 24°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 7:

Nagasaki

— 3 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.
Step out of Nagasaki with an excursion to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, don't miss a visit to Glover Garden, stroll through Nagasaki Peace Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip planner.

Fly from Motobu-cho to Nagasaki in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In March, Nagasaki is slightly colder than Motobu-cho - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 10:

Hiroshima

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, &more), Kosanji Temple (in Onomichi) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, snap pictures at Aioi Bridge, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

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

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 15:

Himeji

— 4 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum (in Awaji), Sato Fruit Kobo (in Nishiwaki) and Matsue Swimming Beach (in Akashi). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, examine the collection at Ako City Folk Shiryokan, make a trip to Daisen Outlook, and stroll around Kunimi no Mori Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Himeji online journey planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Himeji sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 19:

Osaka

— 6 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Joruri Temple (in Kizugawa), Koyasan Okunoin (in Koya-cho) and Nara (Walking tours, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Osaka are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 25:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — Apr 1:

Nagoya

— 6 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Ise (Sarutahiko Shrine, Ise Grand Shrine, &more), Nisshin Civic Hall (in Nisshin) and Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and visit Nagoya City Agricultural Center.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nagoya route planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 7:

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
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 Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Hida Takayama Museum of Art, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Neagarimatsu, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip builder.

Getting from Nagoya to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, plan for little chillier nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 12:

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 Hakone-machi's surroundings by going to Kusushi Shrine (in Fujinomiya), Imamiya Tea Plantation (in Fuji) and Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja (in Fujiyoshida). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Fuji, explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, enjoy breathtaking views from Tenkakudai, and steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi online route planner.

Do a combination of train and bus from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Kanazawa in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 15°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 17:

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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stroll around Ueno Park, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo vacation planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 24:

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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, stop by Pinion Direct Shop, stop by Miyara River Hirugi Grove, and explore the activities along Kabira Bay.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki travel planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Ishigaki in 5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in April, expect Ishigaki to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 30:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.