50 days in Japan Itinerary

50 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
2
Naha
— 5 nights
3
Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
4
Kagoshima
— 5 nights
5
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
7
Osaka
— 5 nights
8
Kyoto
— 5 nights
9
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
10
Tokyo
— 6 nights
11
Sapporo
— 4 nights

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Kabira Bay and Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Banna Park, see the interesting displays at MInsah Kogei Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary planning tool.

London, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Ishigaki, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 26°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:
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Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Ishigakijima Observatory ©
Ishigakijima Observatory
Ishigaki Yaima Village ©
Ishigaki Yaima Village

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.
Family-friendly places like Shurijo Castle and Makishi Public Market will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center (in Yomitan-son), Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo (in Nanjo) and Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling, Cape Manzamo, &more). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Okinawa Zoo & Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Amagusuku Observatory, kick back and relax at Nishibama Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Toma.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Naha itinerary builder app.

Fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 3.5 hours. December in Naha sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Zamami-son, Onna-son, Itoman, Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center, Amagusuku Observatory
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:
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Himeyuri Peace Museum ©
Himeyuri Peace Museum
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nishibama Beach
Nishibama Beach

4
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Bring the kids along to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Okichan Theater. Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Fukugawa Falls (in Nago) and Nakijin-son (Kouri Ocean Tower & Kouri Ohashi). The adventure continues: stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, explore the gorgeous colors at Sesoko Labyrinth, contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, and head outdoors with Akabaka Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Motobu-cho trip maker.

Traveling by car from Naha to Motobu-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Naha in December since evenings lows in Motobu-cho dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Nago
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road
Minnajima Island ©
Minnajima Island

5
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Kids will enjoy Sengan-en and Nagashima Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kagoshima: Kirishima (Kareigawa Station & Kirishima Shrine), Kirishima Art Ranch (in Yusui-cho) and Tatsumonjizaka (in Aira). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, kick back and relax at Fushime Coast, take some stellar pictures from Cape Nagasakibana, and stroll around Sebira Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kagoshima travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Kagoshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Motobu-cho in December, with highs in Kagoshima at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Minamikyushu, Ibusuki, Kirishima, Rokkannon Miike Pond, Kirishima Art Ranch
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:
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Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Kagoshima City Aquarium ©
Kagoshima City Aquarium

4
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
Attractions like Huis Ten Bosch and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Nagasaki's surroundings by going to Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai) and Sasebo (Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara, Spas, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, make a trip to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, and stroll around Nabekanmuriyama Park.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. January in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sasebo, Nagasaki Bio Park
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Bio Park ©
Nagasaki Bio Park

3
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Family-friendly places like Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, have fun at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima
Miyajima

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.
Kids will enjoy Universal Studios Japan and Himeji Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji (Tenku no Shirasagi & Koko-en) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). There's much more to do: meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory, make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and look for gifts at Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto holiday site.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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: Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan) and Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary app.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ishikawa Jumoku Park
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Bring the kids along to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Change things up with a short trip to Ikspiari in Maihama (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and visit Odaiba District.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tokyo travel route builder tool.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Kanazawa in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 28:
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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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.
Bring the kids along to Jigokudani and Odori Park. Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Royce' Chocolate World (in Chitose), Otaru (Otaru Canal & Tomioka Catholic Church) and Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe (in Noboribetsu). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), get to know the resident critters at Maruyama Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sapporo trip planning website.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect nights in Sapporo to be slightly colder, around -6°C, while days are much colder, around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Otaru, Noboribetsu, Royce' Chocolate World
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe ©
Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe

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