57 days in Japan Itinerary

57 days in Japan Itinerary

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Sapporo
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Kanazawa
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Matsumoto
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Hakone-machi
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Tokyo
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Ishigaki
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Okinawa City
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Nagasaki
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Hiroshima
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Himeji
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Kyoto
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Sapporo

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Otaru (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Otaru Canal, &more). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, visit Susukino, don't miss a visit to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo Dome.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Sapporo trip itinerary app.

San Francisco, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you will find days in Sapporo are little chillier (68°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). On the 5th (Tue), you'll travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 5:

Kanazawa

— 5 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: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa planner.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Kanazawa takes 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 October, expect Kanazawa to be a bit warmer, temps between 70°F and 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 10:

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.
Step out of Matsumoto with an excursion to Snow Monkey Resorts in Nagano--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and take a stroll through Nakamachi Street.

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Take a train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Matsumoto, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 15:

Hakone-machi

— 5 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine & Lake Kawaguchi). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi holiday maker app.

Getting from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hakone-machi are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 20:

Tokyo

— 7 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

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Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in October: highs in Tokyo hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 60°F. On the 27th (Wed), you're off to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 27:

Ishigaki

— 4 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 30th (Sat) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, stroll through Yonehara Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and browse the handmade items at Yonekoyaki Craft Center.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Ishigaki takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in October, things will get a bit warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 85°F and lows about 76°F. On the 31st (Sun), you'll travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:

Okinawa City

— 6 nights
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Okinawa City: Okichan Theater (in Motobu-cho) and Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Cape Manzamo). The adventure continues: make a trip to American Village, browse the different shops at Depot Island, explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, and stop by Kaboten no Mise Nakasone.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Okinawa City journey maker app.

Explore your travel options from Ishigaki to Okinawa City with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 6:

Nagasaki

— 4 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Nagasaki is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, walk around Inasayama Park, and see the interesting displays at Dejima.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Okinawa City to Nagasaki takes 30.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in November, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:

Hiroshima

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Itsukushima Shrine). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. On the 15th (Mon), you're off to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 15:

Himeji

— 2 nights
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 15th (Mon), make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle and then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Himeji day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:

Kyoto

— 7 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and make a trip to Gion.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 24:

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.