53 days in Japan Itinerary

53 days in Japan Itinerary

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53 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Prague
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
5
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
6
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
+3
train + subway + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
7
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + train + bus:  7​h 15​min
8
Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
ferry:  4​h
10
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
11
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
12
Takachiho-cho
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Prague

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Samurai Armor Photo Studio and Edo-Tokyo Museum. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, wander the streets of Odaiba, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo planner .

Prague, Czech Republic to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Prague to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Prague in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 29:
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Fugan Unga Kansui Park. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Toyama Glass Art Museum (in Toyama), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa vacation builder site .

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Tokyo in April, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Toyama, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Gokayama
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 4:
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Wine Tours & Tastings
Tenshukakau Observatory ©
Tenshukakau Observatory

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, then don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Hashigui Rock.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho road trip site .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Nachikatsura-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nachikatsura-cho, with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Hashigui Rock ©
Hashigui Rock

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 Toji and Heian Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder .

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kyoto, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay May 6 — 11:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Toji ©
Toji

4
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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 hidden gems such as Shoshazan Engyoji and Chichu Art Museum. Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Naruto (Onaruto Bridge & Otsuka Museum of Art), Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Kibitsu Shrine) and Takeda Castle Ruins (in Asago). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, and don't miss a visit to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Himeji trip builder site .

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Naruto, Okayama, Chichu Art Museum, Takeda Castle Ruins, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay May 11 — 15:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kintaikyo Bridge and The Cenotaph. Venture out of the city with trips to Momijidani Park (in Miyajima), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more) and Kure (Yamato Museum & JMSDF Kure Museum). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, walk around Senkoji & Senkoji Park, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima day trip planner.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Senkoji & Senkoji Park, Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay May 15 — 20:
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3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Wilson Stump. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land, examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho road trip website .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park and Bise no Fukugi Tree Road. Get out of town with these interesting Motobu-cho side-trips: Kunigami-son (Cape Hedo, Daisekirinzan, & more), Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son) and Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling, Cape Maeda, & more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center, steep yourself in history at Katsuren Castle Ruins, take some stellar pictures from Kafu Banta, and don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Motobu-cho online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Yakushima-cho to Motobu-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Motobu-cho, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kunigami-son, Onna-son, Nakijin-son, Uruma
Find places to stay May 23 — 28:
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Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 1:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Iriomote Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, and kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 4:
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
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 Cape Hirakubozaki and Kondoi Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Iko Pier (in Kuro-shima) and Ubutaki Lookouts (in Kohama-jima). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, walk around Kabira Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki online itinerary maker .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Iko Pier, Ubutaki Lookouts
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 9:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Takachiho Gorge and Takachiho Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takachiho-cho: Minamiaso-mura (Choyo Bridge & Shirakawa Springs), Aso (Kusasenri & Daikanbo) and Onsen Resorts (in Minamioguni-machi). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Yasugawara, admire the sheer force of Nabegataki Falls, contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, and explore the ancient world of Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Ishigaki to Takachiho-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Ishigaki in June, things will get little chillier in Takachiho-cho: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. You'll set off for home on the 14th (Sun).

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minamiaso-mura, Aso, Mt. Aso, Nabegataki Falls, Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 14:
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

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