52 days in Japan Itinerary

52 days in Japan Itinerary

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52 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly + Drive:  20​h
1
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
2
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
4
Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
+3
bus + train + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 15​min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
7
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Kyoto
— 5 nights
9
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
10
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
11
Hirosaki
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
12
Shari-cho
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
13
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Doha

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Nara no Taki Falls. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima road trip planner.

Doha, Qatar to Iriomote-jima is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Doha to Iriomote-jima due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Doha in May: highs in Iriomote-jima hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Nature
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cape Hirakubozaki and Tamatorizaki Observatory. The adventure continues: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 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 Adventure

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
Find places to stay May 26 — 30:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Ikema Ohashi Bridge. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima vacation app .

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 4:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi
Yabiji
Yabiji

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Bise no Fukugi Tree Road. Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo) and Kunigami-son (Okuma Beach, Cape Hedo, & more). There's much more to do: stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, and meet the residents at Okichan Theater.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Motobu-cho online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Miyakojima to Motobu-cho by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kunigami-son, Nakijin-son, Sefa-Utaki, Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Oko no Taki Fall. Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls, and examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho tour app .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Motobu-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Motobu-cho in June, with highs in Yakushima-cho at 30°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Trails
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land

2
nights
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 Amano Yasugawara. Explore Takachiho-cho's surroundings by going to Aso (Daikanbo & Kusasenri), Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura) and Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus (in Taketa). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine and contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Takachiho-cho itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Shirakawa Springs, Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, Mt. Aso
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

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 Kintaikyo Bridge and Shukkei-en Garden. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more), Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda (in Yamaguchi) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker .

Take a train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

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 Toji and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

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

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Nachikatsura-cho can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. 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

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Fugan Unga Kansui Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Higashiyama Walking Course). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple, make a trip to Tsuzumi Gate, and take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kanazawa, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple, Fugan Unga Kansui Park
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Tenshukakau Observatory ©
Tenshukakau Observatory

4
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hirosaki Park and Mt. Iwaki. Venture out of the city with trips to Aomori (Sannai-Maruyama Ruins & Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse), Towada (Oirase Mountain Stream & Towada Art Center) and Kuroishi Fire Brigade 3rd Minute Fire Station (in Kuroishi). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwakiyama Shrine, explore the activities along Lake Juniko, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hirosaki trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Hirosaki takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in June, things will get a bit cooler in Hirosaki: highs are around 24°C and lows about 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Towada, Aomori, Kuroishi Fire Brigade 3rd Minute Fire Station, Neputa Display Hall, Lake Juniko
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 3:
Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle

4
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park and Shiretoko Goko Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shari-cho: Teshikaga-cho (Mashu Third Observatory, Lake Mashu, & more), Kiyosato-cho (Ippon no Michi & Kaminoko Pond) and Kaiyodai Observatory (in Nakashibetsu-cho). The adventure continues: make a trip to Abashiri Prison Museum, admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and explore the striking landscape at Cape Notoro.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Shari-cho trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hirosaki to Shari-cho takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and car. While traveling from Hirosaki, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Shari-cho, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho, Abashiri, Kiyosato-cho, Kaiyodai Observatory, Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park ©
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hitachi Seaside Park and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planning tool .

Getting from Shari-cho to Tokyo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In July, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Shari-cho - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Urayasu, Hitachi Seaside Park
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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