51 days in Japan Itinerary

51 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
2
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
7
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6 h 15 min
8
Onna-son
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Ferry:  4 h
10
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h
11
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: San Francisco

5
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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 off the beaten path and head to Hokkaido Jingu and The Hokkaido University Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Niseko Hanazono Resort and Otaru Canal. Venture out of the city with trips to Chitose (Royce' Chocolate World & Airport History Museum), Otaru (Old Isono Branch Warehouse, Former Tsushin Densetsu Hama Building, &more) and Bibai (Sorachi Shrine, Old Mitsui Bibai Dai 2 Kosentanjo, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine, sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and examine the collection at Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo travel planner.

San Francisco, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from San Francisco to Sapporo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Sapporo are a bit cooler (64°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Otaru, Bibai, Chitose, Niseko Hanazono Resort, Ichikishiri Shrine
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 13:
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Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu

3
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Raiun Shrine and Rausu Shrine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Utoro Onsen and Shiretoko Museum. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula, take in the dramatic natural features at Godzilla Rock, and admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Shari-cho by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Shari-cho when traveling from Sapporo in June, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Shiretoko Peninsula, Rausu Shrine
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 16:
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Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Road to Heaven ©
Road to Heaven
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Pola Museum of Art and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Engaku-ji Temple and Nezu Shrine. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kichijoji (in Musashino) and Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, take in the architecture and design of University of Tokyo, and take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel route builder.

Getting from Shari-cho to Tokyo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shari-cho in June: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 79°F and lows are around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Kamakura, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Pola Museum of Art, Kichijoji
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 22:
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Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) ©
Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get a sense of the local culture at Suganuma Gassho Community and Gokayama. For shopping fun, head to Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center or Sakuda Honten. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Takayama (Hida Gokoku Shrine, Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, &more), Nanto (Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple & Gokayama Folk Museum) and Kanda house (in Shirakawa-mura). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Gyokusen-immaru Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. June in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Takayama, Nanto, Komatsu, Eiheiji-cho, Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine)
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 27:
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Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Kanda house ©
Kanda house

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ise Shrine Geku and Nishi Honganji. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotombori and Minami (Namba). Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Hankyu Umeda Honten (in Osaka), Hozenji Yokocho (in Namba) and Nishinomiya Shrine (in Nishinomiya). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine.

Start your trip to Kyoto by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka, Ise, Nishinomiya Shrine
Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 3:
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Daishoin Temple and Tomo no Ura. Get outdoors at Miyajima and Misen Wild Woods. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street (in Miyajima), Fukuyama (Ryoma no Kakure Heya Masuya Seiemontaku, Fukuzen-ji Temple, &more) and Hatsukaichi (To no Oka, Senjokaku, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at YouMe Town Hiroshima, contemplate the long history of Peace Flame, and appreciate the history behind Peace Bell.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima tour builder tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Fukuyama
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 8:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): head outdoors with Yakusugi Land, take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Here are some ideas for day two: get your bearings at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho itinerary maker website.

Getting from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho by combination of train, flight, and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Yakushima-cho are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Wildlife Outdoors Nature
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Tachudake ©
Tachudake
Onsen Resorts

6
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Visit Sefa-Utaki and Cave Nyatiya for their historical value. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Manza Beach. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Urasoe Castle Ruins (in Urasoe), St. Clara Church (in Yonabaru-cho) and Nakijin-son (Kouri Beach & Akabaka Beach). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, head outdoors with Moon Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Fuchaku Beach, and explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Onna-son day trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, train, bus, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ie-son, Nakijin-son, Sefa-Utaki, Urasoe Castle Ruins, St. Clara Church
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 16:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki
Manza Beach ©
Manza 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 Yabiji and Ogami Island. Get outdoors at Kayaking & Canoeing and Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House. The adventure continues: get outside with Nagamahama Beach Coast, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harimizu Utaki, don't miss a visit to Yamatoga, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Tomb of Chirimaya Tuimiya.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima day trip planning app.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 3.5 hours. In July in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 80°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 20:
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Tomori Imugya Beach ©
Tomori Imugya Beach

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visiting Iriomote Island and Nara no Taki Falls will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hoshisuna Beach and Haemida Beach. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Todomari Beach, admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall, and identify plant and animal life at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center.

Find out how to plan Iriomote-jima trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In July in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 82°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Island Countryside Settlement and Nei Museum of Art. Get some historical perspective at Torinji Temple and Meiwa Otsunami Sonansha Ireinoto. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Kuro-shima (Monument of Yaeyama Buto Kinoryu, Nakamoto Beach, &more) and Kohama-jima (Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, Hairumubushi Beach, &more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Funatsukion, get outside with Yonehara Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ishigaki road trip planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kohama-jima, Kuro-shima, Island Countryside Settlement, Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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