57 days in Japan Itinerary

57 days in Japan Itinerary

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57 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + Drive:  23​h
1
Shinkamigoto-cho, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Takachiho-cho
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Ferry:  1​h
4
Iriomote-jima
— 5 nights
Ferry:  4​h
5
Miyakojima
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 15​min
6
Nakijin-son
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  9​h 15​min
7
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Subway + Train:  5​h 15​min
8
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Matsue
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
10
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
12
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
13
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Zurich

1
night
Shinkamigoto-cho, Nagasaki Prefecture

Shinkamigoto-cho ©
On the 6th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nakanoura Church and then pause for some serene contemplation at Fukumi Catholic Church.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Shinkamigoto-cho attractions planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Shinkamigoto-cho is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Shinkamigoto-cho when traveling from Zurich in April, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Shinkamigoto-cho

Historic Sites
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Aosagaura Church ©
Aosagaura Church
Fukumi Catholic Church ©
Fukumi Catholic Church

4
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Step off the beaten path and head to Takachiho Gorge and Daikanbo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Takachiho Shrine and Oka Castle Ruins. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takachiho-cho: Nobeoka (Imayama Daishi, Saigo Takamori Residential Site Museum, & more), Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine (in Aso) and Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus (in Taketa). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, go for a walk through Amanoyasu Kawara, identify plant and animal life at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, and admire the sheer force of Manai Falls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho route planner .

Traveling by car from Shinkamigoto-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 7 hours. When traveling from Shinkamigoto-cho in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Takachiho-cho: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nobeoka, Aso, Taketa, Josenji Temple, Heitate Shrine
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

4
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 the city and head to Kondoi Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. Popular historic sites such as Cape Hirakubozaki and East Paisaji Ogoku are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, head outdoors with Yarabudake, and explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki holiday app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Takachiho-cho to Ishigaki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 30°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Kondoi Beach, East Paisaji Ogoku
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

5
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Relax by the water at Nakano Beach and Todomari Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, and contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima online attractions planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. April in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Kayaking & Canoeing

6
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Take a break from the city and head to Sunayama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Aragusuku Beach and Nagamahama Beach Coast. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Toguchi no Hama, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima online travel planner .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in April, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nakijin-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 27:
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Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

4
nights
Nakijin-son

Nakijin-son ©
Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
Visiting Kouri-jima Island and Yurigahama will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Nakijin Castle Ruins and Terasaki Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Nakijin-son: Paradise Beach (in Yoron-cho) and Kunigami-son (Daisekirinzan & Okuma Beach). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Akabaka Beach and see the vivid underwater world at USS Emmons.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nakijin-son online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Miyakojima to Nakijin-son takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Nakijin-son. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yoron-cho, Kunigami-son
Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
Yurigahama ©
Yurigahama
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Okuma Beach ©
Okuma Beach

3
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Visiting Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Yakusugi Land will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oko no Taki Fall and Mt. Mocchomudake. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagata Inakahama, take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, and make a trip to Jōmon Sugi.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Nakijin-son to Yakushima-cho in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect little chillier evenings in Yakushima-cho when traveling from Nakijin-son in May, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

1
night
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 6th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyama Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi visit site .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hatsukaichi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

5
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Former Taisha Station and Hinomisaki Shrine. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kuniga Shores and Koryo Kunibiki Coast. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsue: Oni no Shitaburui (in Okuizumo-cho), Adachi Museum of Art (in Yasugi) and Izumo (Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, Karakama Shrine, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle, and contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Matsue online trip maker .

Getting from Hatsukaichi to Matsue by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Matsue are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Izumo, Nishinoshima-cho, Shinji Lake, Oni no Shitaburui, Adachi Museum of Art
Find places to stay May 7 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Hinomisaki Shrine ©
Hinomisaki Shrine

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kumano Nachi Taisha and Nachi Mitaki Falls. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kumano Hongu Taisha and Kamikura Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nachikatsura-cho: Tanabe (Oyunohara, Oyunohara - Original Kumano Hongu Taisha Site, & more) and Kumano Hayatama Taisha (in Shingu). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple and explore the activities along Kajitorizaki.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho trip planner .

Traveling by car from Matsue to Nachikatsura-cho takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train; or take a train. Traveling from Matsue in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Nachikatsura-cho. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Tanabe, Shingu, Kajitorizaki
Find places to stay May 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Kyoto. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
Find places to stay May 15 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory and Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple. Higashiyama Walking Course and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community, Ainokura Gassho Community, & more), Shirakawa-mura (Kanda house, Wada House, & more) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine, see the interesting displays at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip planning app .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Kanazawa, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Suwa Yakata Remains Garden, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Find places to stay May 21 — 26:
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Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Asakusa Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Get a sense of the local culture at Senso-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace.

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Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 19°C. On the 31st (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay May 26 — 31:
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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