50 days in Japan Itinerary

50 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Ferry:  1 h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Onna-son
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Ise
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
9
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Hakuba-mura
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
11
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
12
Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step out of the city life by going to Toguchi no Hama and Shimojiiima Island. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunayama Beach and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island, snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, enjoy breathtaking views from Makiyama Observatory, and make a trip to East Henna Cape.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima tour planner.

Sydney, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Miyakojima. Traveling from Sydney in February, expect Miyakojima to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Nature Beaches
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Do your shopping at Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Ubutaki Lookouts (in Kohama-jima) and Iko Pier (in Kuro-shima). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, stroll around Banna Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and get outside with Yonehara Beach.

For maps and more tourist information, read Ishigaki holiday maker site.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement, Ubutaki Lookouts, Iko Pier
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Hoshisuna Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Ida no Hama Beach and Iriomote Island. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Nakama-river Protected Region, head off the coast to Barasu Island, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima vacation planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

5
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Head to Onna Station Nakayukui Market and Aeon Naha Shopping Centerfor some retail therapy. Sefa-Utaki and Nakijin Castle Ruins are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, &more), Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma) and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Kitanakagusuku-son). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kouri Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Onna-son, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son in 6 hours. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Onna-son, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Itoman, Naha, Kunigami-son, Nanjo, Motobu-cho
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Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan

2
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.
On the 27th (Sat), kick back and relax at Nagata Inakahama, don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, thentake in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Wilson Stump. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, thenexamine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Onna-son in February, things will get little chillier in Yakushima-cho: highs are around 17°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yamato Museum and Daishoin Temple. Appreciate the collections at JMSDF Kure Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, &more), Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more) and Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in February: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 11°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki, Kure
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kodai-ji Temple and Koyasan Danjo Garan. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Osaka Castle. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Sunset Owl Cafe (in Sennichimae) and Asahiyaki (in Uji). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Osaka, Nara, Asahiyaki, Jindoji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Ise Shrine Geku and Sengukan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Tsukiyominomiya and Oharai-machi for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Kumano (Daiuma Shrine, Hanano Iwaya Caves, &more) and Mikimoto Pearl Island (in Toba). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, see the interesting displays at Okageza, and meet the residents at Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium (Ise Sea Paradise).

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ise road trip site.

Getting from Kyoto to Ise by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Ise: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kumano, Toba
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Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Suganuma Gassho Community. Appreciate the collections at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Nambu Sake Brewery (in Ono), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Takayama (Takayama Showa Museum, Takayama Jinya, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine, see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip planner.

Drive from Ise to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kanazawa, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Nanto, Shirakawa-mura, Nambu Sake Brewery, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 18:
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

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nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Hakuba. Step out of the city life by going to Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden and Suginohara. Get out of town with these interesting Hakuba-mura side-trips: Togakushi Shrine Okusha (in Nagano), Tateyama-machi (Shomyo Falls & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route) and Obuse-machi (Ganshoin Temple & Hokusai-kan). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakuba-mura trip builder tool.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Hakuba-mura in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Obuse-machi, Suginohara, Togakushi Shrine Okusha
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Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park ©
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Hakuba ©
Hakuba

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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.
Head to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Asakusafor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Pola Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba) and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu (in Hakone-machi). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Samurai Museum, wander the streets of Ginza, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip site.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Traveling from Hakuba-mura in March, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

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Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Take a break from the city and head to Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rusutsu Resort Ski and Niseko Hanazono Resort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kutchan-cho: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Cape Kamui (in Shakotan-cho).

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kutchan-cho trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kutchan-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect nights in Kutchan-cho to be slightly colder, around -1°C, while days are much colder, around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Rusutsu Resort Ski, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, Cape Kamui
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski

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