56 days in Japan Itinerary

56 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kyoto
— 6 nights
2
Himeji
— 4 nights
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
4
Kamakura
— 5 nights
5
Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
6
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
7
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
8
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
9
Matsumoto
— 6 nights
10
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
11
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online travel route planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kyoto is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kyoto, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 7:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Chichu Art Museum (in Naoshima-cho), Okayama (Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden) and Naruto (Uzu no Michi & Otsuka Museum of Art). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito, don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, and pause for some photo ops at Himeji Castle Daitenshu no Shachigawara (Replica).

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Himeji travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Okayama, Naruto, Chichu Art Museum
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 11:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

5
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.
Have a day of magic on the 15th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Tokyo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 16:
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

5
nights
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Venture out of the city with trips to Moroiso Shores (in Miura) and Kamogawa Sea World (in Kamogawa). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, stop by Samuraikibun Kamakura, contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and make a trip to Kōtoku-in.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kamakura trip planning site.

Getting from Tokyo to Kamakura by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in July, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit cooler, around °C. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kamakura

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Enoshima Island, Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, Moroiso Shores, Kamogawa Sea World
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 21:
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Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho vacation maker app.

You can fly from Kamakura to Motobu-cho in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, subway, and ferry. Traveling from Kamakura in July, expect nights in Motobu-cho to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cape Manzamo, Kouri Ohashi
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 26:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Amakusa) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, steep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, and see the interesting displays at Dejima.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip planner.

You can fly from Motobu-cho to Nagasaki in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Huis Ten Bosch
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Hiroshima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama Castle
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 4:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute (in Komatsu). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and stop by Higashichaya Old Town.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ikko Ikki History Museum, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute, Gongenmori Beach
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 9:
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

6
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsumoto: Tateyama-machi (Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route & Kurobe Dam), Daiho-ji Temple (in Aoki-mura) and Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), &more). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, witness a stunning natural landmark at Yubatake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkyuin Temple, and explore the activities along Taisho Pond.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Takayama, Tateyama-machi, Zenko-ji Temple, Daiho-ji Temple, Daio Wasabi Farm
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 15:
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Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

5
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, don't miss a visit to Euglena Mall, head outdoors with Yarabudake, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki route builder tool.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Matsumoto to Ishigaki takes 8 hours. Traveling from Matsumoto in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °C in Ishigaki. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Nagomi Tower, Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 20:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

4
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.
Fujikawaguchiko-machi is known for nature, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, take in the dramatic natural features at Fugaku Wind Cave, explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, and get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 8 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in August; daily highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fuji-Q Highland, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 24:
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba ©
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba

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