56 days in Japan Itinerary

56 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kanazawa
— 7 nights
2
Tokyo
— 9 nights
3
Nagoya
— 7 nights
4
Kyoto
— 7 nights
5
Himeji
— 4 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
7
Sasebo
— 3 nights
8
Motobu-cho
— 6 nights
9
Ishigaki
— 7 nights

7
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Takayama Jinya and Hida Takayama Museum of Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more), Hakui (Cosmo Isle Hakui & Chirihama Nagisa Driveway) and Amaharashi Coast (in Takaoka). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online journey planner.

Kathmandu, Nepal to Kanazawa is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kathmandu to Kanazawa is 3.2 hours. While traveling from Kathmandu, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Hakui, Katsuyama, Amaharashi Coast
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 21:
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

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.
Kids will enjoy Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Fujiyoshida (Chureito Pagoda & Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja), Bon Voyage (in Maihama) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Itchiku Kubota Art Museum & Lake Kawaguchi). Next up on the itinerary: discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, walk around Ueno Park, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Tokyo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Hakone-machi, Fujiyoshida, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 30:
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

7
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Nagoya Castle and Hotel Shima Spain Mura. Venture out of the city with trips to Semmi Shikizakura no Sato (in Toyota), Ise Grand Shrine (in Ise) and Toba (Toba Aquarium & Mikimoto Pearl Island). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jissoji Temple.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya holiday planning website.

Getting from Tokyo to Nagoya by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Nishio, Shima, Toba, Tanoura Beach, Itoju Honten
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 7:
Highlights from your plan
Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium
Hotel Shima Spain Mura ©
Hotel Shima Spain Mura
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Mint Museum, &more), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto journey planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in May, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Jishu Shrine, Akamon Oneribei
Find places to stay May 7 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Himeji Castle and Ohara Museum of Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Awaji (Awajishima Park, Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum, &more), Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter & Japanese Rural Toy Museum) and Okayama (Nanaku Strawberry Farm, Okayama Korakuen Garden, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Himeji online vacation planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in May: highs in Himeji hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Awaji, Kurashiki, Okayama, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay May 14 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Awaji Highway Oasis ©
Awaji Highway Oasis
Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park ©
Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Atomic Bomb Dome. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Shirayukiro (in Kure). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and go for a walk through Kintaikyo Bridge.

To find ratings and tourist information, read our Hiroshima travel route builder app.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Sasebo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Shirayukiro, Kintaikyo Bridge, Nagisa Aquarium
Find places to stay May 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima
Miyajima

3
nights
Sasebo

Sasebo ©
With its U.S.
Attractions like Huis Ten Bosch and Nagasaki Peace Park make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Sasebo's surroundings by going to Nagasaki (Dejima, Glover Garden, &more) and Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara and step off the mainland to explore Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sasebo driving holiday planning app.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Sasebo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Sasebo sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Sasebo

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nagasaki, Nagasaki Bio Park
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Bio Park ©
Nagasaki Bio Park

6
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.
Attractions like Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Scuba & Snorkeling make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Onna-son (Cape Manzamo, Diamond Beach, &more), Southeast Botanical Gardens (in Okinawa City) and Yomitan-son (Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center, Toguchi Beach, &more). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, enjoy the sand and surf at Kise Beach, head outdoors with Emerald Beach, and take in the views from Kouri Ohashi.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Motobu-cho trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Sasebo to Motobu-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Sasebo in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Motobu-cho, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Onna-son, Nakijin-son, Nago, Yomitan-son, Okuma Beach
Find places to stay May 26 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Scuba & Snorkeling
Minna Beach ©
Minna Beach

7
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.
Family-friendly places like Kabira Bay and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will thrill your kids. Step out of Ishigaki with an excursion to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima--about 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll around Banna Park, see the sky in a new way at Ishigakijima Observatory, take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, and make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki day trip planning app.

You can fly from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. In June in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

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