55 days in Japan Itinerary

55 days in Japan Itinerary

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55 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
+3
Fly + train + subway + train:  18​h 30​min
1
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Hatsukaichi
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Kyoto
— 9 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Kita
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h 15​min
6
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h
7
Hateruma-jima
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h
8
Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Tokashiki-son
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
10
Shari-cho
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Tokyo
— 9 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Istanbul

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution and Matogata Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Himeji Castle and Okayama Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Okayama (Aeon Mall Okayama & Korakuen Garden) and Kobe (Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets, Chinatown (Nankinmachi), & more). There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden and don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji tour itinerary maker app .

Istanbul, Turkey to Himeji is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Istanbul to Himeji due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Himeji when traveling from Istanbul in October, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Kobe, Okayama
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

3
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Get outdoors at Miyajima and Mt. Misen. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hatsukaichi: Hiroshima (Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Museum of Art, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, and appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hatsukaichi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Hatsukaichi are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hiroshima
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

9
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nara Park and Mt. Kurama. Get some cultural insight at Gion and Nijo-jo Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, & more) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's lots more to do: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Kyoto Station Building, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

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You can take a train from Hatsukaichi to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Byodoin
Find places to stay Oct 25 — Nov 3:
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

6
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Osaka Castle and Hozenji Yokocho. Get some cultural insight at Dotonbori and Museum of Oriental Ceramics. Get out of town with these interesting Kita side-trips: Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach (in Ashiya), KidZania Koshien (in Nishinomiya) and Itami Sky Park (in Itami).

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kita trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kita takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kita

Shopping Fun & Games Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, KidZania Koshien, Itami Sky Park, Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 9:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

3
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.
Visiting Isso Beach and Nagata Inakahama will get you outdoors. Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi, wander the streets of Wilson Stump, and admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho route planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kita to Yakushima-cho. Traveling from Kita in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Yakushima-cho: highs are around 24°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:
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Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Take a break from the city and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. We've included these beaches for you: Sunayama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Boraga Beach, and explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of car, ferry, and flight from Yakushima-cho to Miyakojima in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, expect Miyakojima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Hateruma-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 19:
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

1
day
Hateruma-jima

Hateruma-jima ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Monument of The Southernmost Part of Japn, then stroll through Pemuchi Beach, and then stroll through Nishihama Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hateruma-jima day trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Miyakojima to Hateruma-jima. In November, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hateruma-jima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 20:
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Nishihama Beach ©
Nishihama Beach

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Manza Beach and Emerald Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Okuma Beach and Nirai Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Motobu-cho side-trips: Onna-son (Cape Manzamo, Kariyushi Beach, & more), Sunset Beach (in Chatan-cho) and Shurijo Castle (in Naha). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tropical Beach.

Before you visit Motobu-cho, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hateruma-jima to Motobu-cho. Traveling from Hateruma-jima in November, Motobu-cho is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokashiki-son.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Onna-son, Tropical Beach, Okuma Beach, Shurijo Castle, Sunset Beach
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 25:
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Manza Beach ©
Manza Beach
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

2
nights
Tokashiki-son

Tokashiki-son ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): kick back and relax at Aharen Beach and then stroll through Tokashiku Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Aka Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Furuzamami Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokashiki-son trip website .

Getting from Motobu-cho to Tokashiki-son by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Motobu-cho in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokashiki-son, with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Tokashiki-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Zamami-son
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Tokashiku Beach
Tokashiku Beach

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.
Get in touch with nature at Shiretoko Beach and Kaminoko Pond. Get out of town with these interesting Shari-cho side-trips: Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu, Wakoto Natural Trail, & more). Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Abashiri Quasi-National Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula, take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, and explore the striking landscape of Shiretoko Nature Center.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Shari-cho vacation maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tokashiki-son to Shari-cho. In November, Shari-cho is much colder than Tokashiki-son - with highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho, Shiretoko Peninsula, Kaminoko Pond
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 2:
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Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake

9
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.
Popular historic sites such as Tokyo National Museum and Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura) are in your itinerary. Shop till you drop at Ginza and Asakusa. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Tokyo DisneySea (in Urayasu), Ghibli Museum (in Mitaka) and Yokohama (Minato Mirai 21 & Yokohama Chinatown). Have a day of magic on the 6th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, wander the streets of Harajuku Takeshita-dori, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. When traveling from Shari-cho in December, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Urayasu, Yokohama, Kōtoku-in, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 11:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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