48 days in Japan, New York City & San Francisco Itinerary

48 days in Japan, New York City & San Francisco Itinerary

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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Drive to Osaka International Airport, Fly to Naha Airport, Drive to Okinawa City
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Okinawa City, Japan
— 5 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan
— 5 nights
Bus to Bus terminal Shinjuku, Tokyo, Fly to New York JFK
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New York City, United States
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San Francisco, United States
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Kyoto, Japan

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Amano Hashidate Beach and Isoshimizu. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinkaku-ji and Keage Incline. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Miyazu (Miyazu Catholic Church, Nariaiji Temple, &more) and Ise (Aramatsurinomiya, Oharai-machi, &more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihikaku Senkoji Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip website.

Tokyo to Kyoto is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 7:

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Okinawa City, Japan

Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Appreciate the collections at Yomitanzanyaki Kitagama and Sakima Art Museum. We've included these beaches for you: Tiger Beach and Busena Beach. Explore Okinawa City's surroundings by going to Ogimi-son (Okurareruka Field & Ta Waterfall), Gesashi Bay's Mangrove Forest (in Higashi-son) and Hiji Waterfall (in Kunigami-son). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sun Marina Beach, get outside with Onna Seaside Cizil Park Nabii Beach, get in on the family fun at Southeast Botanical Gardens, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Okinawa City trip itinerary app.

Explore your travel options from Kyoto to Okinawa City with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 12:

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Osaka, Japan

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Mint Museum and Shitenno-ji Temple Homotsukan. Take a break from the city and head to Nara Park and Osaka Fureai no Mizube. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Reihokan Museum, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more) and Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Dotombori District, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Okinawa City to Osaka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 15:

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Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan

A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
We've included these beaches for you: Tatadohama Beach and Iritahama Beach. Get some historical perspective at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine and Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Gotemba (Gotemba Premium Outlets & Ebisembei-no-Sato, Gotemba), Shimoda (Anchokuro & Kisami Ohama Beach) and Gempeigawa River (in Mishima). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, trek along Mt. Takaosan Hiking Course, see the interesting displays at Kunimasu Museum, and make a trip to Yamanashi Gem Museum.

Plan my day in Fujikawaguchiko-machi using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Osaka to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Osaka in May, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 20:

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New York City, United States

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Head to Fifth Avenue and SoHofor some retail therapy. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Cloverdale Farm County Park (in Barnegat), Great Neck Steppingstone Park (in Great Neck) and Woodbury Common Premium Outlets (in Central Valley). Spend the 31st (Mon) exploring nature at Independence National Historical Park. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), take a stroll through Greenwich Village, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, and go for a walk through Central Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read New York City itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to New York City in 19 hours. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -14 hour difference. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in New York City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — Jun 5:

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San Francisco, United States

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Grace Cathedral are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Muir Woods National Monument and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Francis Ford Coppola Winery (in Geyserville), V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Walt Disney Family Museum, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

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Getting from New York City to San Francisco by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from New York City to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in June; daily highs in San Francisco reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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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.