58 days in Japan Itinerary

58 days in Japan Itinerary

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58 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Victoria, Vancouver Island
Fly + train:  15​h 45​min
1
Kyoto
— 11 nights
Drive:  13​h 30​min
2
Minamidaito-son
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
3
Zamami-son
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kumejima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Ishigaki
— 6 nights
ferry:  1​h
7
Iriomote-jima
— 7 nights
Travel:  5​h 15​min
8
Hateruma-jima
— 1 day
Travel:  6​h 15​min
9
Kohama-jima
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h
10
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
11
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
12
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
13
Fuji National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
14
Narita
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
End: Kyoto


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11
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine as well as Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto International Manga Museum and Miho Museum. Visiting Kanabiki Waterfall and Kaizu Osaki will get you outdoors. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall (in Nabari), Metasequoia Namiki (in Takashima) and Soni Highland (in Soni-mura). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Gion, get a new perspective on nature at Fukuchiyama City Flood Control Memorial, examine the collection at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Yokkaichi-city Museum of History.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto tour builder tool .

Victoria, Canada to Kyoto is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or fly. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Victoria to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Victoria in June: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Wed) before leaving for Minamidaito-son.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Sekigahara-cho, Takashima, Komono-cho, Fukuchiyama, Inabe
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Miho Museum ©
Miho Museum
Gozaisho-dake ©
Gozaisho-dake

2
nights
Minamidaito-son

Minamidaito-son ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Hoshino Cave, explore the activities along Okinawa Sea, take in the dramatic natural features at Nagahagu (Gaiheki Oyobi Gaisui no Tokushu Shokubutsugunraku), contemplate the waterfront views at Homba Pool, then explore the activities along Shioya Ocean Water Pool, and finally take an in-depth tour of Furusato Culture Center. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Minami Daitojima Island, then head outdoors with Kaigunbo Pool, then take in panoramic vistas at Hinomaru Lookout, and finally appreciate the history behind Tamaki Hanmigi Emon Monument.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Minamidaito-son trip app .

Explore your travel options from Kyoto to Minamidaito-son with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in June since evenings lows in Minamidaito-son dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Minamidaito-son

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kitadaito-son
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Hoshino Cave ©
Hoshino Cave

3
nights
Zamami-son

Zamami-son ©
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Get outdoors at Aharen Beach and Nishibama Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Toma and Furuzamami Beach. Take a break from Zamami-son with a short trip to Tonaki-jima Island in Tonaki-son, about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Zamami Island, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hizushi Beach.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Zamami-son trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Minamidaito-son to Zamami-son. June in Zamami-son sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Kumejima-cho.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tokashiki-son, Tonaki-jima Island
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Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Zamami Island ©
Zamami Island

3
nights
Kumejima-cho

Kumejima-cho ©
The town of Kumejima-cho spans several islands, including the main island of the same name.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hatenohama and Kumejima Hotaru Kan. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ala Beach and Eef Beach. There's much more to do: tee off at Kumejima Seaside Park Golf Club, cruise along Tsumugi Bridge, walk around Kumejima Nature Park Tonnahaenchi, and step off the mainland to explore Ojima Island.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kumejima-cho trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zamami-son to Kumejima-cho. In June in Kumejima-cho, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kumejima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Hatenohama ©
Hatenohama
Eef Beach ©
Eef Beach
Kumejima Island ©
Kumejima Island

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step out of the city life by going to Sunayama Beach and Yabiji. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Aragusuku Beach and Toguchi no Hama. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Boraga Beach, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, and get outside with Sea Sky Hakuai.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima travel planner .

You can fly from Kumejima-cho to Miyakojima in 3.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku 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.
Ishigaki Yaima Village and National Astronomical Observatory of Japan-Vera Ishigaki Island Observatory Station will appeal to museum buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Kuro-shima (Iko Pier & Nakamoto Beach). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, stroll through Yonehara Beach, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and stroll around Banna Park.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip builder .

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In June in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Kuro-shima
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

7
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ida no Hama Beach and Hoshisuna Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Nakama-river Protected Region. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Iriomotejima Kaigetsu, identify plant and animal life at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, and take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Iriomote-jima vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about an hour. In July, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Hateruma-jima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
day
Hateruma-jima

Hateruma-jima ©
On the 10th (Wed), look for gifts at Naishiburaku Cooperative Shop, kick back and relax at Nishihama Beach, identify plant and animal life at Hamashitan Habitat, then kick back and relax at Pemuchi Beach, then pause for some photo ops at Monument of The Southernmost Part of Japn, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape Takanazaki.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hateruma-jima trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Iriomote-jima to Hateruma-jima with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kohama-jima.

Things to do in Hateruma-jima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Nishihama Beach ©
Nishihama Beach
Cape Takanazaki ©
Cape Takanazaki

1
night
Kohama-jima

Kohama-jima ©
On the 11th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Ubutaki Lookouts, don't miss a visit to West Ufudaki Lookout, take a peaceful walk through Mangrove at Ishinagata Beach, then kick back and relax at Kubazaki Beach, and finally stroll around Uminchu Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Sugar Road, see the interesting displays at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, enjoy the sand and surf at Hairumubushi Beach, then head off the coast to Hama-jima Island (The Phantom Island), and finally take a leisurely stroll along Kohama Seaport.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kohama-jima trip planning site .

Getting from Hateruma-jima to Kohama-jima by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Kohama-jima can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kohama-jima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Uminchu Park ©
Uminchu Park
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi ©
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi
Sugar Road ©
Sugar Road

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.
Do your shopping at Ginza and Kimono Me. Museum-lovers will appreciate Edo-Tokyo Museum and Mori Art Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Akiya, Tateishi Coast (in Yokosuka), Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae) and Koajiro Forest (in Miura). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, meet the residents at Ueno Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday maker app .

Explore your travel options from Kohama-jima to Tokyo with the Route module. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kohama-jima in July since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Akiya, Tateishi Coast, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary, Mt. Takao, Terasaka Rice Terraces, Kiyose Sunflower Farm
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 19:
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Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Kinpusenji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoshimizu Shrine, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yoshino. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, and finally let little ones run wild at Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Osaka day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Yoshino-cho, Kobe, Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach
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Mt. Yoshino ©
Mt. Yoshino
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, then take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and then look for gifts at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate the long history of Tegaimon, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokke-do.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nara itinerary planner .

Nara is just a short distance from Osaka. In July, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Fuji National Park.

Things to do in Nara

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kurozuka Kofun Museum, Imai Skyline Exchange Center Hanairaka, The Kid's Science Museum of Photons, Kitora Tumulus Mural Experiential Museum Shijin no Yakata
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:
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Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

1
night
Fuji National Park

Fuji National Park ©
Featuring the highest mountain peak in the country, Fuji National Park has long been a place of pilgrimage and poetry, with the active stratovolcano central to Japanese identity, history, and art.
On the 25th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Fujisanhongusengen Shrine Okumiya, get great views at Kengamine, and then get impressive views of Mount Fuji.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Fuji National Park tour itinerary builder app .

Drive from Nara to Fuji National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Nara in July, things will get slightly colder in Fuji National Park: highs are around 28°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Narita.

Things to do in Fuji National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Fujinomiya, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Kengamine ©
Kengamine

2
nights
Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
On the 26th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Ino Tadataka Memorial, then explore the world behind art at Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Japanese History, and finally revel in the low prices at Shisui Premium Outlets.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Narita trip planner.

Drive from Fuji National Park to Narita in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Fuji National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Narita: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Narita

Museums Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Sakura, Shisui Premium Outlets, Ino Tadataka Memorial
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:
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National Museum of Japanese History ©
Shisui Premium Outlets ©
Shisui Premium Outlets
Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art ©

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