59 days in Japan Itinerary

59 days in Japan Itinerary

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59 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + bus:  20​h 30​min
1
Onna-son
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly:  45​min
3
Miyakojima
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h
4
Hatsukaichi
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Iwami-cho
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Tennoji
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
8
Shimoda
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Tokyo
— 7 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
10
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
11
Hagi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
12
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: New York City


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6
nights
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 some cultural insight at Shurijo Castle and Tsushimamaru Museum. Visit Nirai Beach and Akabaka Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Nago), Motobu-cho (Emerald Beach, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, & more) and Haebaru Town Museum (in Haebaru-cho). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Diamond Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Tobera Rock, and make a trip to Cape Manzamo.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Onna-son trip itinerary maker app .

Newark, USA to Onna-son is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Newark to Onna-son. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Newark in July since evenings lows in Onna-son dip to 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Naha, Yomitan-son, Nakijin-son, Haebaru Town Museum
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Popular historic sites such as Cape Hirakubozaki and Mutumera no Aruji no Mitake are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Ishigaki Yaima Village and Nobumoto Ohama Memorial Hall capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, stroll through Sukuji Bathing Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and head outdoors with Mt.Omotodake.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki online trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Onna-son to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

6
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Family-friendly places like Yonaha Maehama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach will thrill your kids. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Atarasu Ichiba and Furusato. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, and enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in an hour. July in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 80°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

5
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii and Miyajima History Folk Museum. Kids will enjoy Mikasahama Beach and Nijigahama Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Sagawa Shoyu-gura (in Yanai) and Iwakuni (Iwakuni Castle, Kintaikyo Bridge, & more). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Miyajima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, and steep yourself in history at To no Oka.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hatsukaichi trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Miyakojima to Hatsukaichi in 5 hours. July in Hatsukaichi sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Iwami-cho.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Iwakuni, Sagawa Shoyu-gura, Nijigahama Beach, Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen

4
nights
Iwami-cho

Iwami-cho ©
Take a break from the city and head to Uradome Coast and Tottori Sand Dunes. Kids will appreciate attractions like Uradome Coast Oguri beach beaches and Nashikkokan. Venture out of the city with trips to Arayu (in Shinonsen-cho), Misasa-cho (Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple & Onsen Resorts) and Tottori (Tottori Karo Kanikkokan, Hakuto Beach, & more).

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Iwami-cho online road trip planner .

You can drive from Hatsukaichi to Iwami-cho in 5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Iwami-cho can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tennoji.

Things to do in Iwami-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tottori, Misasa-cho, Arayu, Pear Museum
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Tottori Sand Dunes ©
Tottori Sand Dunes
Uradome Coast ©
Uradome Coast
Uradome Coast Oguri beach beaches ©
Uradome Coast Oguri beach beaches

2
nights
Tennoji

Tennoji ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and then take a stroll through Dotonbori. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally explore the galleries of Jikko Cutlery.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tennoji online tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Iwami-cho to Tennoji in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Iwami-cho in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tennoji, with lows around 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tennoji

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Jikko Cutlery
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple. Step out of the city life by going to Omimaiko Beach and Monkey Park Iwatayama. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Otomegaike Pond in Takashima, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Kyoto Station Building, don't miss a visit to Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tennoji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Tennoji in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Kyoto, with lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Shimoda.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Otsu, Otomegaike Pond
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

6
nights
Shimoda

Shimoda ©
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Toi Kinzan and Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. Visiting Tatadohama Beach and Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Shimoda: Yaizu Sakana Center (in Yaizu), Shizuoka (Shizuoka City Serizawa Keisuke Art Museum, Shizuoka castle, & more) and Higashiizu-cho (Onsen Resorts & Inatori Hosono Kogen). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kisami Ohama Beach, admire the sheer force of Joren Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Shirahama Beach, and get great views at Koibito Misaki Cape.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Shimoda sightseeing tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Shimoda in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Shimoda: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 79°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shizuoka, Izu, Higashiizu-cho, Minamiizu-cho, Izu Naranda no Sato Kawazu Heian Buddha Statue Pavilion
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Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach
Shirahama Beach ©
Shirahama Beach
Yumigahama Beach ©
Yumigahama Beach

7
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.
Get in touch with nature at Moroiso Shores and Yokohama Nature Sanctuary. Odaiba and Tokyo National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Urayasu) and Ikspiari (in Maihama). Have a day of magic on the 14th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online journey builder .

Traveling by car from Shimoda to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Tokyo are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Moroiso Shores, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital Workers Monument, then pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, then examine the collection at Yamato Museum, and then get outside with Tobishima Kaido.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hiroshima using our trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hagi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kure, Tobishima Kaido
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Hagi

Hagi ©
A quiet castle town with a wealth of historic sites, Hagi draws visitors with its solid collection of traditional Japanese architecture.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Old Hagi Han School Meirinkan and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoin Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Akiyoshidai Safari Land, then contemplate the waterfront views at Beppu Bentenike, then explore the fascinating underground world of Akiyoshi Limestone Cave, and finally steep yourself in history at Shoka Village School.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hagi trip builder website .

You can drive from Hiroshima to Hagi in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Hagi are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. On the 25th (Tue), you'll travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hagi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Mine, Nagato
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Akiyoshido ©
Akiyoshido
Shoin Shrine ©
Shoin Shrine
Hagi Uragami Museum ©
Hagi Uragami Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fuchi Shrine. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Huis Ten Bosch.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki day trip planning site .

You can drive from Hagi to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. While traveling from Hagi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nagasaki, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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