56 days in Japan Itinerary

56 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Okinawa City
— 2 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 6 nights
3
Himeji
— 4 nights
4
Kyoto
— 7 nights
5
Osaka
— 7 nights
6
Nara
— 6 nights
7
Hakone-machi
— 7 nights
8
Fuji
— 6 nights
9
Tokyo
— 9 nights

2
nights
Okinawa City

Okinawa City ©
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Bring the kids along to Onna Station Nakayukui Market and Cape Manzamo. Get out of town with these interesting Okinawa City side-trips: Busena Marine Park (in Nago) and Kafu Banta (in Uruma). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to American Village, contemplate the long history of Katsuren Castle Ruins, explore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bios no Oka.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Okinawa City trip maker tool.

Perth, Australia to Okinawa City is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Perth to Okinawa City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Uruma, Onna-son, Busena Marine Park, American Village, Nakagusuku Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:
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Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo
Busena Marine Park ©
Busena Marine Park
Onna Station Nakayukui Market ©
Onna Station Nakayukui Market

6
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 Miyajima and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Itsukushima Gekijyo), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Fukuyama University Marine Biocenter Aquarium (in Onomichi). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Okinawa City to Hiroshima. In February in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Airport Ceramic Mural, Fukuyama University Marine Biocenter Aquarium, Mizuho Highland
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 10:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima
Miyajima

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.
Attractions like Himeji Castle and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito, and hit the slopes at Wakasu Kogen Oya Ski Area.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary planning tool.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Shikoku Mura Village, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Mt. Takamikura, Wakasu Kogen Oya Ski Area
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 14:
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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 enjoy Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Okage Yokocho (in Ise), Atsuta Jingu Shrine (in Nagoya) and Toba Aquarium (in Toba). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in February, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nagoya, Okage Yokocho, Toba Aquarium
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 21:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

7
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Kids will enjoy Universal Studios Japan and Kuchu Teien Observatory. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House (in Takarazuka), Kobe (Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, Tairyuji Temple, &more) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Mt. Koya). And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and shop like a local with Dotombori District.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Osaka are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kobe, Koya-cho, Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 28:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
SpaWorld ©
SpaWorld

6
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Ise Grand Shrine and Mt.Takami. Get out of town with these interesting Nara side-trips: Milkland (in Taiki-cho), Chubu Park (in Toin-cho) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, see the interesting displays at Kusuri no Yakata, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oryu-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nara trip planning site.

Drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Nara can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ise Grand Shrine, Milkland, Takaminosato, Chubu Park, Osugi Canyon
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 5:
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

7
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Lake Kawaguchi and The Hakone Open-Air Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Ito (Ikeda museum of 20th century art & Izu Shaboten Zoo), Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Fuji-Q Highland (in Fujiyoshida). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), get great views at Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi online attractions planner.

You can drive from Nara to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Nara in March: highs in Hakone-machi hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fuji.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ito, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 12:
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

6
nights
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Kids will appreciate attractions like Mount Fuji and Kawazakaya. Get out of town with these interesting Fuji side-trips: Oi Shrine (in Shimada), Kengamine (in Fujinomiya) and Kakegawa Kachouen (in Kakegawa). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Ohatago Kashiwaya Historical Museum, get engrossed in the history at Numazu City Heda Local Shipbuilding Museum, make a trip to Kantsuki Tensho Kimko, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Daruma.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fuji road trip planning app.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Fuji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in March, expect nights in Fuji to be about the same, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Izu, Fujieda, Kakegawa, Numazu, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 18:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Kakegawa Kachouen ©
Kakegawa Kachouen
Toi Kinzan ©
Toi Kinzan

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 appreciate attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Meiji Jingu Shrine. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, visit Odaiba District, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Fuji to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Fuji in March, with lows around °C. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 27:
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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