50 days in Japan Itinerary

50 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Nikko
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kamakura
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Naha
— 2 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Himeji
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
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Sapporo

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Noboribetsu (Jigokudani & Spas) and Otaru (Otaru Canal & Yuzu Kobo Honten). There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, visit Susukino, steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hakkogakuen Hanashobupark.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo road trip planner.

Kuopio, Finland to Sapporo is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Kuopio to Sapporo. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sapporo when traveling from Kuopio in June, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 3:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Takayama (Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), Takayama Jinya, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, and don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa day trip app.

You can fly from Sapporo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Sapporo in July, you will find days in Kanazawa are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:

Nikko

— 4 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Explore Nikko's surroundings by going to Ozegahara (in Katashina-mura) and Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya). Spend the 8th (Fri) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Oze National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and walk around Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip itinerary website.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Nikko in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in July, you will find days in Nikko are slightly colder (31°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 11:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). Have a day of magic on the 14th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

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Drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nikko in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 17:

Kamakura

— 3 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kamakura is known for historic sites, parks, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, make a trip to Kōtoku-in, and head off the coast to Enoshima Island.

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

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Kamakura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in July, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:

Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Kamakura to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 55 min away. Spend 24th (Sun) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, walk around Kabira Park, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip app.

Fly from Hakone-machi to Ishigaki in 5 hours. Traveling from Hakone-machi in July, expect Ishigaki to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 28:

Naha

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, then step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Cape Manzamo and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Naha holiday maker.

Getting from Ishigaki to Naha by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Naha can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Okuma Beach (in Kunigami-son), Ishiyama Viewing Platform (in Ogimi-son) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, stroll through Akabaka Beach, experience rural life at Aiai Farm, and see the vivid underwater world at USS Emmons.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Naha to Motobu-cho in 2 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a bus. July in Motobu-cho sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

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You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

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.
On the 7th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then make a trip to Himeji Castle, and then hike along Mt Shosha hiking.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Himeji route maker website.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 7:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Himeji in August: highs in Kyoto hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 13:

Nagoya

— 3 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Nagoya Urban Institute, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and then explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium and then walk around Chubu Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in August: highs in Nagoya hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:

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.