50 days in Japan Itinerary

50 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Ferry:  1 h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  4 h
3
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
4
Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Fly + Taxi:  7 h 15 min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+3
Taxi + Fly + Bus + Train:  7 h 15 min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Train:  5 h 15 min
7
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
10
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train + Bus:  2 h 45 min
11
Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
Bus + Train:  3 h 15 min
12
Tokyo
— 9 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Nosoko Mape. Change things up with a short trip to Ubutaki Lookouts in Kohama-jima (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki vacation planning website.

Brisbane, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ishigaki, with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Ubutaki Lookouts, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 10:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Explore hidden gems such as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Iriomote Island. Next up on the itinerary: find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Geta Waterfall, and step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima tour itinerary app.

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Barasu Island ©
Barasu Island
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ikema Ohashi Bridge and East Henna Cape. There's still lots to do: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach.

To find photos and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip website.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge
Yabiji
Yabiji

4
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road and Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling, Cape Maeda, &more), Kunigami-son (Okuma Beach, Daisekirinzan, &more) and Uruma (Katsuren Castle Ruins & Kafu Banta). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, meet the residents at Okichan Theater, and admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Motobu-cho trip itinerary planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Motobu-cho in 4.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Miyakojima in April since evenings lows in Motobu-cho dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Onna-son, Kunigami-son, Uruma, Nakijin Castle Ruins
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Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Nagata Inakahama, then trek along Seibu Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, and finally admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho tour itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Motobu-cho to Yakushima-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, train, ferry, and taxi. In April, daytime highs in Yakushima-cho are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Takachiho Gorge and Takachiho Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takachiho-cho: Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura), Aso (Ogidake Park Viewing Platform, Kusasenrigahama, &more) and Oka Castle Ruins (in Taketa). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, and get impressive views of Mt. Aso.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Takachiho-cho, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Shirakawa Springs, Oka Castle Ruins, Harajiri Falls, Mt. Aso
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 26:
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Oka Castle Ruins ©
Oka Castle Ruins

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kintaikyo Bridge and Shukkei-en Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Kure (Yamato Museum & JMSDF Kure Museum), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Kintaikyo Bridge, Tobishima Kaido
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 30:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Shukkei-en Garden ©
Shukkei-en Garden

5
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 Kyoto Botanical Garden and Nishi no Maru. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

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

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 5:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 6th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Kajitorizaki, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, and finally make a trip to Hashigui Rock.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nachikatsura-cho, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Shingu, Kajitorizaki, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Hashigui Rock ©
Hashigui Rock

4
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 discover tucked-away gems like Tenshukakau Observatory and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more), Takaoka (Zuiryuji Temple & Ikadai Residence) and Gokayama (in Nanto). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, make a trip to Tsuzumi Gate, and see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planner.

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in May, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Kanazawa. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Takaoka, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Gokayama
Find places to stay May 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Tenshukakau Observatory ©
Tenshukakau Observatory
Zuiryuji Temple ©
Zuiryuji Temple

4
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Kurobe Dam. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakuba-mura: Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall) (in Tateyama-machi), Nozawaonsen-mura (Nozawa Onsen & Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort) and Ganshoin Temple (in Obuse-machi). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, visit Matsumoto Castletown Springs, get outside with Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, and fly down the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakuba-mura holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Kanazawa to Hakuba-mura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Hakuba-mura, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Matsumoto, Tateyama-machi, Nozawaonsen-mura, Amidado, Ganshoin Temple
Find places to stay May 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall)
Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall)
Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Meguro River and Hitachi Seaside Park. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Chureito Pagoda (in Fujiyoshida), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, Lake Kawaguchi, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Odaiba, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and stop by Ueno.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo by combination of bus and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Hitachi Seaside Park, Chureito Pagoda, Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay May 15 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meguro River ©
Meguro River
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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