50 days in Japan Itinerary

50 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Naha
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Fukuoka
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train:  30 min
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Nagoya
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
7
Niigata
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
9
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
10
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Sydney

5
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Toma (in Zamami-son), Itoman (Okinawa Peace Memorial Park & Heiwa no Ishiji) and Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki & Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to American Village, have some family-friendly fun at Ryuso Studio Chura Bijin, and see the interesting displays at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Naha road trip planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Naha is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Naha is minus 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in Naha hover around 22°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Itoman, Nanjo, Yonabaru-cho, Haebaru Town Museum, Toma
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

4
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Yokan Museum (in Ogi), Kurume (Kurume Tsubaki Park, Cosmos Park Kitano, &more) and Dazaifu (Dazaifu Tenman-gu & Komyozen-ji Temple). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Archaeology Center, make a trip to Fukuoka Tower, and buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fukuoka online travel planner.

Getting from Naha to Fukuoka by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Naha in February: highs in Fukuoka hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kurume, Dazaifu, Yame, Yokan Museum
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Komyozen-ji Temple ©
Komyozen-ji Temple
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Matsuyama (Matsuyama Castle & Onsen Resorts) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, &more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Yoneda Taishiji Temple (in Takasago), Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotombori District, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka online route planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. February in Osaka sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji, Koya-cho, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planning site.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trips

Todai-ji Temple, Byodoin
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

5
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Chubu Park (in Toin-cho), Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana) and Toba (Mikimoto Pearl Island, Toba Aquarium, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, experience rural life at Maruu Toyama Farm, contemplate the long history of Inuyama Castle, and don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nagoya attractions site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Niigata.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ise, Toba, Hamamatsu, Chubu Park, Nabana no Sato
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

3
nights
Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Niigata: Mikawaonsen Ski Areas (in Aga-machi) and Akatani Cycling Road (in Shibata). The adventure continues: sample the tasty concoctions at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, look for gifts at Minato Kobo, take in nature's colorful creations at Ikutopia Shoku Hana, and walk around Toyanogata Park.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Niigata tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Niigata by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Mikawaonsen Ski Areas, Akatani Cycling Road
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery ©
Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery
Northern Culture Museum ©
Northern Culture Museum

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu), Niseko Outdoor Center (in Niseko-cho) and Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place (in Kutchan-cho). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Otaru Canal, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, and don't miss a visit to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Niigata to Sapporo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Niigata in February; daily highs in Sapporo reach -1°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Otaru Canal, Jigokudani, Niseko Outdoor Center, Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 4:
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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 out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses) and Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Sanmachi Suji). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and hit the slopes at Ski Jam Katsuyama.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Sapporo in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Kanazawa: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha, Ski Jam Katsuyama
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning website.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kanazawa in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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