50 days in Japan Itinerary

50 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  21 h 45 min
1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
3
Sasebo
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
4
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Himeji
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train + Taxi:  2 h
8
Yamanouchi-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
9
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Tokyo
— 10 nights
Fly:  22 h
End: Johannesburg

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.
You've now added Scuba & Snorkeling to your itinerary. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary planning site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Ishigaki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Ishigaki. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Iejima Beach Side Horse Park (in Ie-son), Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling, Cape Manzamo, &more) and Kunigami-son (Okuma Beach & Daisekirinzan). There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, experience rural life at Aiai Farm, snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Zampa.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho road trip app.

Fly from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in December, plan for little chillier nights in Motobu-cho, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sasebo.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Onna-son, Nakijin-son, Kunigami-son, Iejima Beach Side Horse Park, Cape Zampa
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

4
nights
Sasebo

Sasebo ©
With its U.S.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sasebo: Nagasaki (Nagasaki Peace Park, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, &more), Shimanoyakata (in Hirado) and Chimachibo Park (in Takeo). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Huis Ten Bosch, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yumihari, take in panoramic vistas at Ishidake Observatory, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ohashikannonji.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sasebo travel route planner.

Fly from Motobu-cho to Sasebo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Motobu-cho in December, with highs in Sasebo at 13°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Sasebo

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nagasaki, Mt. Kurokami, Shimanoyakata, Chimachibo Park
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and get outside with Tobishima Kaido.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hiroshima itinerary planning site.

Getting from Sasebo to Hiroshima by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Tobishima Kaido, Matsuyama Castle
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

4
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kuma, walk around Kunimi no Mori Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Himeji, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Shikoku Mura Village, Wakasu Kogen Oya Ski Area, Kunimi no Mori Park, Okayama Korakuen Garden
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto itinerary planner.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

4
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: Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses) and Takayama Jinya (in Takayama). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, get outside with Ski Jam Katsuyama, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha, Ski Jam Katsuyama, Takayama Jinya
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Ski Jam Katsuyama ©
Ski Jam Katsuyama

4
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yamanouchi-machi: Amidado (in Iiyama), Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano) and Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, head outdoors with Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Kanazawa to Yamanouchi-machi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in January, things will get little chillier in Yamanouchi-machi: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, Amidado, Zenko-ji Temple, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Thermal Spas
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Mt. Mano (in Shizuoka), Fujiyoshida (Onshirin Garden & Mt. Shakushi) and Oshino Omiya Bridge (in Oshino-mura). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, take in the dramatic scenery at Haha no Shirataki Waterfall, take some stellar pictures from Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, and find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi vacation planner.

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Mt. Mano, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Oshino Omiya Bridge, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

10
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Kōtoku-in, Hase-dera Temple, &more), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo (in Yokohama). There's still lots to do: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and get in on the family fun at Tokyo DisneySea.

Find out how to plan Tokyo trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo
Find places to stay Jan 24 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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