52 days in Japan Itinerary

52 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Miyakojima
— 5 nights
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
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Nikko
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights

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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'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Hirakubozaki and Tamatorizaki Observatory. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Ishigaki is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 28°C in Ishigaki. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
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.
Relax by the water at Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Toguchi no Hama and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

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

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 24:
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Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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nights
Naha

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and Sefa-Utaki. Relax by the water at Aharen Beach and Aka Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Onna-son (Onna Station Nakayukui Market & Scuba & Snorkeling), Zamami-son (Furuzamami Beach & Nishibama Beach) and Tokashiku Beach (in Tokashiki-son). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Naha trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Naha in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Naha can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Nishibama Beach
Nishibama Beach

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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.
Visiting Takachiho Gorge and Daikanbo will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Amano Yasugawara and Oka Castle Ruins are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takachiho-cho: Onsen Resorts (in Minamioguni-machi), Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus (in Taketa) and Kusasenrigahama (in Aso). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine and contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Takachiho-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. Traveling from Naha in October, things will get little chillier in Takachiho-cho: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Oko no Taki Fall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yakusugi Land and Tachudake. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Nagata Inakahama and examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of car, train, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Yakushima-cho: highs are around 24°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
Highlights from your plan
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Daishoin Temple and JMSDF Kure Museum. Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima travel route builder site.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, things will get a bit cooler in Hiroshima: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

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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.
On the 7th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji online sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Tofuku-ji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Hikone Castle (in Hikone) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Todai-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Arashiyama, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and stop by Gion.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online vacation builder.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 13:
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Maruoka Castle. Explore hidden gems such as Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Ainokura Gassho Community. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Gokayama (in Nanto), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). There's more to do: take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town and view the masterpieces at ArtShop Tsukibae.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Takayama Showa Museum and Matsumoto City Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Norikura Kogen will get you outdoors. Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Jinya, &more), Obuse-machi (Hokusai-kan & Ganshoin Temple) and Togakushi Shrine Okusha (in Nagano). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suwa Shrine, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto online trip maker.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in November, you will find days in Matsumoto are slightly colder (14°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course

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Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Chuzenji and Yudaki Falls. Get in touch with nature at Ryuzu Waterfall and Ryuokyo Canyon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nikko: Haruna Shrine (in Takasaki) and Fukuroda Falls (in Daigo-machi). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate), go for a walk through Senjogahara Field, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nikko National Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nikko day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Nikko in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in November, Nikko is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall
Haruna Shrine ©
Haruna Shrine
Yomeimon (Main Gate) ©
Yomeimon (Main Gate)

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Let the collections at Samurai Museum and Fukagawa Edo Museum capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and shop like a local with Takeshita Street.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo route planner.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in November, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21

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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Jogasaki Coast. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Omuro and Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya), Atami (Kinomiya Shrine, Kiunkaku, &more) and Mishima Taisha (in Mishima). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, explore the striking landscape of Pola Museum of Art, and get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi online vacation planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 13°C. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 5:
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Jogasaki Coast ©
Jogasaki Coast

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