59 days in Japan Itinerary

59 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
2
Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
3
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
4
Onna-son
— 6 nights
5
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
6
Kyoto
— 8 nights
7
Ise
— 5 nights
8
Kanazawa
— 6 nights
9
Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
10
Tokyo
— 8 nights
11
Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights

4
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cape Hirakubozaki and Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get outdoors at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, stop by Yurateiku Market, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and walk around Kabira Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip itinerary planning app.

Prague, Czech Republic to Ishigaki is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Prague in February; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 25°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step out of the city life by going to Ida no Hama Beach and Iriomote Island. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Funauki Village. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, identify plant and animal life at Nakama-river Protected Region, get outside with Hoshisuna Beach, and head off the coast to Barasu Island.

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You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get outdoors at Sunayama Beach and Shimojiiima Island. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Ikema-jima Island. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and identify plant and animal life at Yabiji.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima road trip planning website.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 5 hours. In February in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Valley of Gangala. Popular historic sites such as Sefa-Utaki and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Shurijo Castle (in Naha), Nakijin-son (Kouri Beach & Nakijin Castle Ruins) and Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater & Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri, take an in-depth tour of Himeyuri Peace Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clara Church, and explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Onna-son day trip app.

Getting from Miyakojima to Onna-son by flight takes about 5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Miyakojima in February since evenings lows in Onna-son dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kunigami-son, Itoman, Nakijin-son, Motobu-cho, Nanjo
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Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yakusugi Land and Tachudake. Discover out-of-the-way places like Oko no Taki Fall and Jōmon Sugi. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mocchomudake, make a trip to Wilson Stump, and admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, Yakushima-cho is a bit cooler than Onna-son - with highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Atsuta Jingu Shrine and Nishinomiya Shrine. Head to Dotombori District and Nishiki Market Shopping Districtfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Nara Park & Kofuku-ji Temple), Hikone Castle (in Hikone) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation planner.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Kyoto by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in February, things will get slightly colder in Kyoto: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Nagoya, Osaka, Enryaku-ji Shakado, Nishinomiya Shrine
Find places to stay Feb 23 — Mar 3:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ise Shrine Geku and Futami Okitama Shrine. Discover out-of-the-way places like Oharai-machi and Sengukan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ise: Shima (Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck & Izawanomiya) and Kumano (Onigajo & Hanano Iwaya Caves). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, make a trip to Hinjitsukan, step into the grandiose world of Ise Ninja Kingdom, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ise trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Ise by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kyoto in March, expect nights in Ise to be a bit warmer, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Shima, Kumano, Toba Aquarium
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Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Gokayama. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Oyama Shrine and Ainokura Gassho Community. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Takayama (Higashiyama Walking Course, Takayama Jinya, &more), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Suganuma Gassho Community, and don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

Before you visit Kanazawa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Ise to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Ise in March since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Nanto, Maruoka Castle, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Kanda house ©
Kanda house

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Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Nozawa Onsen. Get a sense of the local culture at Hakuba and Daiho-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakuba-mura: Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort (in Otari-mura), Ganshoin Temple (in Obuse-machi) and Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Happoone, identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hakuba-mura online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Hakuba-mura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Hakuba-mura can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Nozawaonsen-mura, Daiho-ji Temple, Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort, Ganshoin Temple
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 18:
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Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort

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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.
Head to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Pola Museum of Artfor some retail therapy. Get some historical perspective at Hase-dera Temple and Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hase-dera Temple Kannondo), Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori) and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu (in Hakone-machi). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashima Jingu, get to know the fascinating history of Fukagawa Edo Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online travel route planner.

Drive from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakuba-mura in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Yokohama, Kashima Jingu, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 26:
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu

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Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Get in touch with nature at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Otaru Canal. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Niseko Hanazono Resort and Shimamu Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kutchan-cho: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho), Shinsennuma (in Kyowa-cho) and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Kamui.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kutchan-cho vacation planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Tokyo to Kutchan-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Tokyo in March, you will find days in Kutchan-cho are cooler (1°C), and nights are little chillier (-1°C). On the 31st (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Shakotan-cho, Otaru Canal, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Shinsennuma, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 31:
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Cape Kamui ©
Cape Kamui

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