53 days in Japan Itinerary

53 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 5 nights
3
Tokyo
— 7 nights
4
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
6
Himeji
— 5 nights
7
Kyoto
— 7 nights
8
Kanazawa
— 6 nights
9
Sapporo
— 7 nights

5
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji (in Izu) and Fuji (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Imamiya Tea Plantation). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), admire the natural beauty at Little Prince Museum, explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, and don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

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Manchester, UK to Hakone-machi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Manchester to Hakone-machi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in January, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around °C, while days are little chillier, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Fuji, Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Mt. Fuji 5th Station (in Narusawa-mura) and Fujinomiya (Fujinomiya Route & Kusushi Shrine). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, don't miss a visit to Motosuko Lake, and admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Fujikawaguchiko-machi can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Fujinomiya, Nakanokura Pass Observation Point, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

7
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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Yokohama to see Sankeien Gardens about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online visit planner.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Museums

Side Trips

Urayasu, Sankeien Gardens
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagasaki: Arita-cho (Akaeza & Genemongama Aritakamamoto) and Sasebo (Domtoren, Huis Ten Bosch, &more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki attractions planning app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Nagasaki in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sasebo, Arita-cho
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, look and learn at Hiroshima Children's Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

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

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Tottori (Tottori Sand Dunes & The Sand Museum), Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, &more) and Okayama (Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Otemae Street, steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Himeji day trip website.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Himeji, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Tottori, Kobe, Okayama, Zuiganji Temple
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, &more), Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Todai-ji Temple) and Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kyoto vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Kyoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Mt. Koya
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

6
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more), Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Sanmachi Suji, &more) and Toyama (Fugan Unga Kansui Park & Ishikura Machi Emmei Jizo). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in February: highs in Kanazawa hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Toyama
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Otaru (Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, Otaru Canal, &more), Makkari-mura (Mt. Yotei Spring Water & Flower Parking) and Kutchan-cho (Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place & Mishima's Shibazakura Garden). And it doesn't end there: walk around Odori Park, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), hit the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, and don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo attractions planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Sapporo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kanazawa in February: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Otaru, Makkari-mura, Niseko-cho, Kutchan-cho
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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