56 days in Japan Itinerary

56 days in Japan Itinerary

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56 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 6 nights
4
Nikko
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Nagoya
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
7
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  45​min
8
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h
9
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
10
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Naha
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
12
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: London

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Niseko Outdoor Center (in Niseko-cho), Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). On the 15th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo online trip planner .

London, UK to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Sapporo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from London in March; daily highs in Sapporo reach 1°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Jigokudani, Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, Otaru Canal, Niseko Outdoor Center
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

4
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 Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, & more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

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Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sapporo in March, with highs in Kanazawa at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 19:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

6
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 Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker website .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in March, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 25:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nikko: Ashikaga Flower Park (in Ashikaga), Pep Kids Koriyama (in Koriyama) and Kinu Green Park (in Takanezawa-machi). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, walk around Nikko National Park, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and find something for the whole family at Forespa Daigo.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko day trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for slightly colder days in Nikko, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pep Kids Koriyama, Mount Hiuchigatake, Kinu Green Park, Forespa Daigo, Ashikaga Flower Park
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 30:
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Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto), Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), The Hakone Open-Air Museum, & more) and Takato Castle Remains Park (in Ina). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Fuji, don't miss a visit to Chureito Pagoda, and go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi vacation builder website .

You can drive from Nikko to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nikko in March, with highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi at 9°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Mount Fuji, Chureito Pagoda, Takato Castle Remains Park, Matsumoto Castle
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 3:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

5
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Chubu Park (in Toin-cho), Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama) and Toba (Mikimoto Pearl Island & Toba Aquarium). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, and find something for the whole family at Hotel Shima Spain Mura.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ise, Toba, Hotel Shima Spain Mura, Inuyama Castle, Chubu Park
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 8:
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park

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 Kyoto's surroundings by going to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and make a trip to Gion.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto route planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

1
night
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 15th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, & more), Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen.

Plan my trip to Hiroshima with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki, Okayama Korakuen Garden
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 20:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Chimachibo Park (in Takeo), Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo) and Yusui Garden Shimeisou (in Shimabara). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, and step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki online travel planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nagao Castle Park, Yusui Garden Shimeisou, Chimachibo Park, Huis Ten Bosch
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

5
nights
Naha

Naha ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Cape Manzamo), Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, & more) and Nakijin-son (Kouri Ohashi & Nakijin Castle Ruins). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, stop by Kaboten no Mise Nakasone, don't miss a visit to Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo, and pause for some photo ops at Heiwa no Ishiji.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Naha trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Naha takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nagasaki in April, with highs in Naha at 28°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son, Nanjo, Onna-son, Heiwa no Ishiji
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 29:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

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.
Take a break from Ishigaki with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima, about 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip planning website .

Getting from Naha to Ishigaki by flight takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 4:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal ©
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal

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