54 days in Japan Itinerary

54 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
2
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
3
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
4
Onna-son
— 5 nights
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
7
Kyoto
— 6 nights
8
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
9
Toyooka
— 3 nights
10
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
11
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
12
Nikko
— 5 nights
13
Tokyo
— 6 nights

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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Hirakubozaki and Sunset Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kuroshima Research Institute and Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi. Venture out of the city with trips to Kuro-shima (Nishinohama, Nakamoto Beach, &more) and Kohama-jima (Kubazaki Beach & Hairumubushi Beach). There's lots more to do: get outside with Kondoi Beach, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, and stop by Yurateiku Market.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki day trip website.

Milan, Italy to Ishigaki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Milan to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milan in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Ishigaki. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kuro-shima, Kohama-jima, Taketomi-jima, Taketomi-cho
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visiting Hoshisuna Beach and Shirahama Port will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Ida no Hama Beach and Todomari Beach. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Nakama-river Protected Region, don't miss a visit to Funauki Village, and kick back and relax at Haemida Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima day trip planning website.

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In August in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach
Shirahama Port ©
Shirahama Port

4
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get outdoors at Sunayama Beach and Shigira Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Nakanoshima Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach. There's lots more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, examine the collection at Miyakojima City Museum, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 18:
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji

5
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
You'll get in some beach time at Nirai Beach and Manza Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kemmin no Mori Forest Science Museum and Nago Catholic Church. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Kouri Beach (in Nakijin-son) and Okuma Beach (in Kunigami-son). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, kick back and relax at Kariyushi Beach, and Head underground at Blue Cave.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Onna-son day trip tool.

Getting from Miyakojima to Onna-son by flight takes about 5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nirai Beach, Nago Catholic Church, Kouri Beach, Okuma Beach
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 23:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nirai Beach ©
Nirai Beach
Okuma Beach ©
Okuma Beach

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.
On the 24th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land, thentake in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mocchomudake, thenstop by Pontankan, thenadmire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Anbo River.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Onsen Resorts
Tachudake ©
Tachudake

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bay Side Beach Saka and Mikasahama Beach. Shop till you drop at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street and Schmoe House. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Senjokaku, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To plan Hiroshima vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Do a combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Bay Side Beach Saka
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Koyasan Okunoin and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Koyasan Danjo Garan. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Kongobu-ji Temple in Koya-cho, approximately Koya-cho away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, stop by Gion, steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Koya-cho
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 4:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Ota Town Ishigaki Memorial Hall, see the interesting displays at Taiji Whale Museum, get outside with Kujirahama Beach, thensee the interesting displays at Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall, thenstop by Katsuura Nigiwai Market, and finally don't miss a visit to Katsuura Kyochiho Oroshiuri Ichiba.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho road trip website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nachikatsura-cho, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Taiji-cho
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Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall ©
Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall
Taiji Whale Museum ©
Taiji Whale Museum

3
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Street of Kinosaki Onsen and Onsenji Temple. Izushi Castle Town and Ito Kiyonaga Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toyooka: Iwami-cho (Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore, Uradome Coast Oguri beach beaches, &more) and Sakyu Center (in Tottori). There's much more to do: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gokurakuji Temple, steep yourself in history at Izushi Karo Yashiki, and make a trip to Hachigoro's Tojima Wetland.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Toyooka trip tool.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Toyooka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in September, expect Toyooka to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Toyooka

Outdoors Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trips

Iwami-cho, Sakyu Center
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:
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Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore ©
Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Thermal Spas

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get outdoors at Iwasehama Beach and Mikawa Beach. Shop till you drop at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center and Sakuda Honten. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Komatsu (Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, Motorcar Museum of Japan, &more), Sailboat Kaiwomaru (in Imizu) and Toyama (THE SUIBOKU MUSEUM, TOYAMA & Toyama Glass Art Museum). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Gokayama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyuho-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kanda house, and stop by Higashichaya Old Town.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa holiday builder app.

You can drive from Toyooka to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Komatsu, Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Toyama, Hakusan
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 13:
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Dolls Museum ©
Dolls Museum
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Kanda house ©
Kanda house

2
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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.
Visiting Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Oshin Koshin Falls will get you outdoors. Shiretoko Museum and Old Sulfur Mining Site are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Shiretoko Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Brethren Shari Church, take in the dramatic scenery at Furepe Waterfall, and explore the activities along Onnebetsu River.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho tour builder website.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Shari-cho takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Kanazawa in September, expect Shari-cho to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Oshin Koshin Falls ©
Oshin Koshin Falls
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach

5
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Taiyuimbyo Shrine and Cryptomeria Avenue are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Oya temple and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Change things up with these side-trips from Nikko: Nasushiobara (Ryuka Waterfall, Onsen Resorts, &more), Utsunomiya (Tagesan Fudoson Temple, Tochigi Prefectural Museum, &more) and Nasu-machi (Nasu Stained Glass Museum & Nasu Yuzen Shrine). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onsenji Temple, and get outside with Odashirogahara.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Nikko travel tool.

Traveling by flight from Shari-cho to Nikko takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, Nikko is somewhat warmer than Shari-cho - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Utsunomiya, Nasushiobara, Nasu-machi
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 21:
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Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji
Oya temple ©
Oya temple

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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.
Appreciate the collections at teamLab☆Planets and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Madame Tussauds Tokyo and Kencho-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Momiji Tunnel & Sankodai), Yamanakako Bungaku no Mori Park (in Yamanakako-mura) and Fujiyoshida (Tsutsujigahara Fujizakura Colony, Chureito Pagoda, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Nezu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing), wander the streets of Kagurazaka, and stop by Ueno District.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online journey maker.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Fujiyoshida, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Yamanakako Bungaku no Mori Park
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 27:
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teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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