50 days in Japan Itinerary

50 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary builder

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly
2
Naha
— 4 nights
Fly
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
4
Osaka
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
6
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train
7
Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Drive
8
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Nakafurano-cho
9
Nakafurano-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
10
Sapporo
— 6 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28

Ishigaki

— 5 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.
Spend 9th (Fri) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Akashi Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki attractions planner.

Manchester, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In July, Ishigaki is much warmer than Manchester - with highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 13:

Naha

— 4 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tokashiki-son (Hanari Island & Tokashiku Beach), Onna-son (Cape Maeda, Blue Cave, &more) and Motobu-cho (Emerald Beach, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, make a trip to Kokusaidori, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers, and soothe aching muscles at Yoga Shanti.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Naha day trip planning app.

Getting from Ishigaki to Naha by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Naha are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 17:

Hiroshima

— 3 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 Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima online tour planner.

You can fly from Naha to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Naha in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Hiroshima, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:

Osaka

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more), Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 25:

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Ishitera Tea Plantation (in Wazuka-cho). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 31:

Kanazawa

— 4 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 (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Nanto (Gokayama & Spas). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum, get outside with Gongenmori Beach, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 4:

Matsumoto

— 5 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: Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, &more), Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Zenko-ji Post Office) and Yashimagahara Marsh (in Shimosuwa-machi). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, explore the striking landscape at Utsukushigahara Highlands, gain insight at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, and explore the activities along Taisho Pond.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto attractions planning tool.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 9:

Tokyo

— 6 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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, visit Akihabara, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary app.

Drive from Matsumoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nakafurano-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 15:

Nakafurano-cho

— 4 nights
Flower-viewing tourism draws flocks of visitors to Nakafurano-cho, a Hokkaido town famed for its many lavander fields.
Explore Nakafurano-cho's surroundings by going to Kamikawa-cho (Daisetsuzan & Daisetsu Kogen Swamp), Asahi-dake (in Higashikawa-cho) and Biei-cho (Shikisai no Oka, Biei Farm, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita, walk around Hinode Park, relax in the rural setting at Tomita Melon House, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kurodake.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nakafurano-cho sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tokyo to Nakafurano-cho. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in August; daily highs in Nakafurano-cho reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Nakafurano-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:

Sapporo

— 6 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: Apple House (in Niki-cho), Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu). And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Asadaen Farm, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, expand your horizons at Classes, and admire the natural beauty at Royce Rose Garden.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip builder website.

Getting from Nakafurano-cho to Sapporo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Nakafurano-cho in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sapporo, with lows of 25°C. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Classes · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 25:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.