52 days in Japan Itinerary

52 days in Japan Itinerary

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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Miyakojima
— 5 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Hirosaki
— 4 nights
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Explore hidden gems such as Iriomote Island and Kayaking & Canoeing. Next up on the itinerary: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima road trip website.

Doha, Qatar to Iriomote-jima is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Doha to Iriomote-jima due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Doha in May, you will find days in Iriomote-jima are much colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Mizuochi Falls ©
Mizuochi Falls

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Tamatorizaki Observatory. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ishigaki day trip app.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yabiji and East Henna Cape. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima day trip planner.

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 4:
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
East Henna Cape ©
East Henna Cape

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Sefa-Utaki. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Kunigami-son (Okuma Beach, Cape Hedo, &more). The adventure continues: stroll through Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, experience rural life at Aiai Farm, and make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Motobu-cho trip itinerary site.

Fly from Miyakojima to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Jōmon Sugi. Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Wilson Stump, see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Motobu-cho in June, expect Yakushima-cho to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Trails
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

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Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Takachiho Gorge and Takachiho Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takachiho-cho: Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus (in Taketa), Aso (Daikanbo & Kusasenrigahama) and Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, and get impressive views of Mt. Aso.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho trip builder tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry, train, and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

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 Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda and Yamato Museum. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In June in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda
Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

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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 discover tucked-away gems like Toji and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 24th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, and finally stroll through Hashigui Rock.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho route builder app.

Getting from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. June in Nachikatsura-cho sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Daimonzaka ©
Daimonzaka
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Higashiyama Walking Course), Fugan Unga Kansui Park (in Toyama) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa holiday planning app.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Kanazawa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

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Hirosaki

Hirosaki ©
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hirosaki Castle and Lake Juniko. Change things up with these side-trips from Hirosaki: Aomori (Sannai-Maruyama Site & Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse) and Towada (Oirase Mountain Stream & Towada Art Center). There's still lots to do: stroll around Hirosaki Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwaki, make a trip to Neputa Display Hall, and admire the landmark architecture of Kuroishi Fire Brigade 3rd Minute Fire Station.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hirosaki travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Hirosaki takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, Hirosaki is a bit cooler than Kanazawa - with highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 3:
Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park

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Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park and Shiretoko Goko Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shari-cho: Kiyosato-cho (Ippon no Michi & Kaminoko Pond), Kaiyodai Observatory (in Nakashibetsu-cho) and Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, Lake Mashu, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Abashiri Prison Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Notoro, and admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho online road trip planner.

You can fly from Hirosaki to Shari-cho in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hirosaki in July: highs in Shari-cho hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park ©
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Abashiri Prison Museum ©
Abashiri Prison Museum

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hitachi Seaside Park and Zojo-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Shari-cho to Tokyo in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Shari-cho in July; daily highs in Tokyo reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Hitachi Seaside Park ©
Hitachi Seaside Park
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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