56 days in Japan Itinerary

56 days in Japan Itinerary

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56 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dhaka City
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  45​min
2
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  4​h 45​min
3
Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
+3
ferry + foot + train + Fly:  7​h
4
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Kyoto
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Naniwa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Matsumoto
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Hakone-machi
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
11
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Dhaka City

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
We've included these beaches for you: Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Aragusuku Beach and Toguchi no Hama. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, stroll through Painagama Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, and head off the coast to Kouri Island.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima online attractions planner .

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Miyakojima is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Dhaka City to Miyakojima due to the time zone difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Yonehara Beach and Hoshisuna Beach. Visiting Kondoi Beach and Cape Hirakubozaki will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach, and stroll through Sunset Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in an hour. In November, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Hoshisuna Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

5
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Okuma Beach and Yurigahama. Take a break from the city and head to Emerald Beach and Nago citizen Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Nago (Busena Beach, Busena Marine Park, & more), Paradise Beach (in Yoron-cho) and Nakijin-son (Kouri Beach & Kouri-jima Island). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, stroll through Minna Beach, and don't miss a visit to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Motobu-cho when traveling from Ishigaki in November, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nago, Nakijin-son, Yoron-cho, Okuma Beach
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Okuma Beach ©
Okuma Beach
Yurigahama ©
Yurigahama

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Inasa and Hashima Island. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Nagasaki Peace Park. Take a break from Nagasaki with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ōura Church, contemplate the long history of Former Glover House, and take a stroll through Shinchi Chinatown.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nagasaki online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Nagasaki takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Motobu-cho in November: high temperatures in Nagasaki hover around 20°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Itsukushima Shrine. Miyajima and Hiroshima Castle will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Miyajima (Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street & Mt. Misen). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In November in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan and Kyoto International Manga Museum. Popular historic sites such as Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, make a trip to Nishiki Market, and wander the streets of Gion.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Naniwa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Naniwa

Naniwa ©
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi. Popular historic sites such as Koyasan Okunoin and Hozenji Yokocho are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naniwa: CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA (in Ikeda), Chinatown (Nankinmachi) (in Chuo) and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada).

To find reviews and tourist information, read our Naniwa trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Naniwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Naniwa

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Osaka, Koya-cho, Kobe, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Jigokudani and Mt. Okura Observatory. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Clock Tower (Tokei-dai). Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho), Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place (in Kutchan-cho) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). There's still lots to do: get great views at Mt. Moiwa, see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum, take a stroll through Susukino, and get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sapporo travel route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Naniwa to Sapporo. When traveling from Naniwa in December, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Noboribetsu, Otaru Canal, Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

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.
Get some historical perspective at Matsumoto Castle and Takayama Jinya. Step out of the city life by going to Norikura Kogen and Daio Wasabi Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano), Takayama (Sanmachi Suji, Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), & more) and Yubatake (in Kusatsu-machi). The adventure continues: make a trip to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, buy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, and contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip planner .

You can fly from Sapporo to Matsumoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in December: highs in Matsumoto hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Takayama, Yubatake, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Kurumayama Highland, Zenko-ji Temple
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Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

6
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.
Get outdoors at Lake Kawaguchi and Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). Shop till you drop at Gotemba Premium Outlets and Taisha no Mori Mishima. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach) (in Shizuoka), Atami Sun Beach (in Atami) and Odawara Castle (in Odawara). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Hakone Shisseikaen, steep yourself in history at Toi Kinzan, and take in the waterfront activity at Yumigahama Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip site .

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 5°C in Hakone-machi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Shimoda, Atami Sun Beach, Yumigahama Beach, Toi Kinzan, Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach)
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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.
Visit Tokyo National Museum and Imperial Palace for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Ueno Zoo. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka), Tokyo DisneySea (in Urayasu) and Yokohama Chinatown (in Naka). Have a day of magic on the 25th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in December, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (14°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Urayasu, Yokohama Chinatown, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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