58 days in Japan Itinerary

58 days in Japan Itinerary

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58 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  16 h
1
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Naha
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Hatsukaichi
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Kyoto
— 7 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Yamanouchi-machi
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
8
Nikko
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
9
Tokyo
— 10 nights
Train:  45 min
10
Kamakura
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6 h 30 min
11
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h 30 min
End: Brisbane

5
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get outdoors at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sawada no hama Beach. Get some historical perspective at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Harimizu Utaki. There's lots more to do: get outside with Sunayama Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Painagama Beach, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip itinerary maker app .

Brisbane, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Miyakojima due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in February; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 24°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 25:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

6
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 Yonehara Beach and Fusaki Beach will thrill your kids. Take a break from the city and head to Kondoi Beach and Kabira Bay. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Sukuji Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get outside with Kaiji Beach, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 2:
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

6
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.
Visit Shurijo Castle and Nakijin Castle Ruins for their historical value. Bring the kids along to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Nirai Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Kouri Beach (in Nakijin-son), Motobu-cho (Emerald Beach & Minna Beach) and Onna-son (Sun Marina Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more). There's much more to do: get outside with Aharen Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Tokashiku Beach, walk around Toyosaki Kaihin Koen, and identify plant and animal life at Toma.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Naha trip itinerary app .

Getting from Ishigaki to Naha by flight takes about 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Naha can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Onna-son, Zamami-son, Motobu-cho, Nago, Tokashiki-son
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 8:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Get in touch with nature at Mizuho Highland and Mt. Misen. Explore Hatsukaichi's surroundings by going to Utopia Saioto (in Kitahiroshima-cho) and Shimai Falls (in Akiota-cho). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, get outside with Paddle Park, and delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hatsukaichi itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Naha to Hatsukaichi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Naha in March, expect nights in Hatsukaichi to be colder, around 6°C, while days are little chillier, around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Utopia Saioto, Mizuho Highland, Shimai Falls
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 12:
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen

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.
Get outdoors at Nara Park and Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle), Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nigatsu-do Temple). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Gion, go for a walk through Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Hatsukaichi to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Asahiyaki, Himeji Castle
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 19:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

6
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.
Family-friendly places like Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach) and Fuji-Q Highland will thrill your kids. Your inner history buff will appreciate Suwa Shrine and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Shizuoka (Kunozan Toshogu Shrine & Fushunin Temple), Kengamine (in Fujinomiya) and Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takeda Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Shuzen-ji Temple.

Find out how to plan Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Kyoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. When traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shizuoka, Fujinomiya, Mishima Taisha, Pola Museum of Art, Fuji-Q Highland
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 25:
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

5
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tangram Ski Circus and Shigakogen Plateau. Do some cultural sightseeing at Zenko-ji Temple and Hakuba. Venture out of the city with trips to Obuse Highway Oasys (in Obuse-machi), Nozawaonsen-mura (Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort & Nozawa Onsen) and Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort (in Hakuba-mura). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, fly down the slopes at Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort, and get outside with Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area.

Find out how to plan Yamanouchi-machi trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in March, Yamanouchi-machi is slightly colder at night with lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura, Nozawaonsen-mura, Obuse Highway Oasys, Tangram Ski Circus, Zenko-ji Temple
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 30:
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Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple

2
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.
On the 31st (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Tobu World Square and then get in on the family fun at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nikko travel route planning tool .

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Nikko in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in March, Nikko is a bit warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Theme Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:
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Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura ©
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

10
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.
Attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings make great kid-friendly stops. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba and Akihabara. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Minamisawa Ajisaiyama (in Akiruno). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Asakusa, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Nikko in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. On the 11th (Sat), you're off toKamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Rock Garden, Mt. Takao, Minamisawa Ajisaiyama, America Camp Village
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 11:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

2
nights
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Atami Sun Beach and Enoshima Aquarium. Get outdoors at Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi and Enoshima Island. There's much more to do: make a trip to Kōtoku-in, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), stop by Samuraikibun Kamakura, and steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kamakura day trip app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kamakura in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Fujisawa, Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, Atami Sun Beach
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:
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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): look for gifts at Sugisho, then examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Yakushima Lighthouse (Nagata Lighthouse), head outdoors with Nagata Inakahama, and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho day trip planner.

Getting from Kamakura to Yakushima-cho by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kamakura in April: highs in Yakushima-cho hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

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