50 days in Japan Itinerary

50 days in Japan Itinerary

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50 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Taipei
Fly:  6​h
1
Kamakura
— 4 nights
train + bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Nara
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
4
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
6
Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
7
Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Hatsukaichi
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
10
Mito
— 2 nights
train:  6​h 30​min
11
Miyazu
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
12
Shakotan-cho
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
13
Nikko
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
14
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Taipei

4
nights
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakusan Shrine, Sankeien Gardens, Myohoji Temple (Kokedera Temple), and other attractions you added. Get some historical perspective at Hase-dera Temple and Kencho-ji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Samukawa Shrine. When in Kamakura, make a side trip to see Mt. Nokogiri Nihon-ji Temple in Kyonan-machi, approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engaku-ji Temple, make a trip to Hokoku-ji Temple Bamboo Grove, and steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

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

Taipei, Taiwan to Kamakura is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Taipei in April, expect nights in Kamakura to be a bit cooler, around 55°F, while days are cooler, around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Samukawa Shrine, Sankeien Gardens, Mt. Nokogiri Nihon-ji Temple, Hakusan Shrine
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©

4
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Komuroyama Park as well as Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). Your inner history buff will appreciate Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kunozan Toshogu Shrine and Kinomiya Shrine. Explore Hakone-machi's surroundings by going to Itchiku Kubota Art Museum (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), Mishima Taisha (in Mishima) and Atami (Izusan Jinja Shrine & Kiunkaku). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, and don't miss a visit to Chureito Pagoda.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of train and bus from Kamakura to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Atami, Komuroyama Park, Mishima Taisha, Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 13:
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Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja ©
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Kinomiya Shrine ©
Kinomiya Shrine

4
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Todai-ji Temple, Isuien Garden, Nara Park, and other attractions. Get a sense of the local culture at Nigatsu-do Temple and Muroji Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Toshodaiji Temple and Koyasan Danjo Garan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nara: Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara), Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho) and Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple & Koyasan Daishi Kyokai). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nara trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Nara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nara: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Horyu-ji Temple, Muroji Temple, Kinpusenji Temple, Kashihara Jingu
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 17:
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Muroji Temple ©
Muroji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

7
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've added Nanzen-ji Temple, Eikando Zenrinji Temple, Pontocho, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, make a trip to Daigo-ji Temple, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip tool .

Take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Nara in April, Kyoto is little chillier at night with lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Byodoin
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 24:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kanazawa Castle as well as Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro. On the 25th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Natadera Temple, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then make a trip to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa holiday site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect little chillier with lows of 45°F in Kanazawa. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Natadera Temple, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

2
nights
Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu ©
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kitakyushu City Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisterias Blossom as well as Kozan Park. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in some culture at Kitakyushu City Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisterias Blossom. On your second day here, make a trip to Kozan Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kitakyushu road trip tool .

Getting from Kanazawa to Kitakyushu by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in April since evenings lows in Kitakyushu dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Events

Side Trip

Kozan Park
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:
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Kozan Park ©
Kozan Park

3
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu ©
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fuji Park, Takamatsu Castle, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and other attractions you added. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shikoku Mura Village and Former Nozakike House. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakuriji Temple.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kitakyushu to Takamatsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Fuji Park
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 1:
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Takamatsu Castle ©
Takamatsu Castle

5
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
You've added Momijidani Park, Tahoto, Gojuno To, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Daishoin Temple and Imaise Shrine. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Mashike Itsukushima Shrine. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku and get engrossed in the history at Miyajima History Folk Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hatsukaichi online trip planner .

Drive from Takamatsu to Hatsukaichi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Hatsukaichi are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Mashikeitsukushima Shrine
Find places to stay May 1 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

4
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Namba Yasaka Shrine, Minoo Park, Dotonbori, and other attractions you added. Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and Hozenji Yokocho are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Osaka Castle and Tenjinzaka. Step out of Osaka to go to Yoshino-cho and see Mt. Yoshino, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: stroll around Kemasakuranomiya Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka route planner.

Getting from Hatsukaichi to Osaka by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mito.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Himeji, Minoo Park, Mt. Yoshino
Find places to stay May 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
nights
Mito

Mito ©
Quaint and historic, Mito serves as the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, once a castle town and stronghold for the Edo-period Mito clan.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kairakuen Park. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Oyama-ji Temple Tomiya Kannon and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amabiki Kannon. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanazono Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Kairakuen Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Semba Boadwalk, and finally steep yourself in history at Hakkedo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mito trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Osaka to Mito in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Osaka in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mito, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Miyazu.

Things to do in Mito

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sakuragawa, Hanazono Shrine
Find places to stay May 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Amabiki Kannon ©
Amabiki Kannon
Semba Boadwalk ©
Semba Boadwalk
Hanazono Shrine ©
Hanazono Shrine

2
nights
Miyazu

Miyazu ©
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shirai Omachi Fuji Park as well as Amanohashidate. On the next day, stroll around Kasamatsu Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nariaiji Temple, then take in the views from Kaisenkyo Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-ji Temple.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyazu journey planner.

Getting from Mito to Miyazu by train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Traveling from Mito in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 62°F in Miyazu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Shirai Omachi Fuji Park
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Kasamatsu Park ©
Kasamatsu Park
Chion-ji Temple ©
Chion-ji Temple
Nariaiji Temple ©
Nariaiji Temple

3
nights
Shakotan-cho

Shakotan-cho ©
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cape Shakotan, Cape Kamui and Shakotan Peninsula. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Cape Shakotan, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Kamui, and then explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Shakotan-cho holiday planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Miyazu to Shakotan-cho. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Miyazu in May, with highs in Shakotan-cho at 58°F and lows at 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Setakamui Rock
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
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Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui
Shimamu Beach ©
Shimamu Beach
Shakotan Peninsula ©
Shakotan Peninsula

4
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
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.
You've added Kohoen Park, Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Taiyuimbyo Shrine and Oya temple.

Before you visit Nikko, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Shakotan-cho to Nikko takes 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May, Nikko is a bit warmer than Shakotan-cho - with highs of 69°F and lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kohoen Park, Oya temple, Nikko National Park
Find places to stay May 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall

3
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Higashiyama Walking Course, Sanmachi Suji, Nakamachi Street, and other attractions you added. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nunobiki Kannon and Matsushiro. Get some historical perspective at Fukashi Shrine and Hodaka Shrine Okumiya. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Matsumoto City Timepiece Museum and get engrossed in the history at Azusagawa Akademia Hall.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto trip builder tool .

You can drive from Nikko to Matsumoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Matsumoto, with lows of 60°F. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Takayama, Matsushiro, Nunobiki Kannon
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:
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Matsushiro ©
Matsushiro
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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