52 days in Japan Itinerary

52 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner
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Fly
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Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train
5
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Naha
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly
10
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kamakura
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Sapporo — 5 nights

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Noboribetsu (Jigokudani & Spas) and Otaru (Yuzu Kobo Honten & Otaru Canal). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Moiwa.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo online trip builder.

Tucson, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Tucson to Sapporo, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tucson in June, expect nights in Sapporo to be little chillier, around 61°F, while days are colder, around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Jun 11 — 16:

Kanazawa — 3 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). The adventure continues: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in June: highs in Kanazawa hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nagoya.
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Find places to stay Jun 16 — 19:

Nagoya — 3 nights

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagoya side-trips: Kasumi Yumekujira Park (in Yokkaichi), Nisshin Civic Hall (in Nisshin) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Nagoya online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Nagoya sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Jun 19 — 22:

Kyoto — 6 nights

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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Jun 22 — 28:

Himeji — 1 night

The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then hike along Mt Shosha hiking.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Himeji online tour planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Jun 28 — 29:

Hiroshima — 3 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Miyajima, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.
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Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 2:

Motobu-cho — 4 nights

Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Explore Motobu-cho's surroundings by going to Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son), Ishiyama Viewing Platform (in Ogimi-son) and Okuma Beach (in Kunigami-son). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, explore the gorgeous colors at Sesoko Labyrinth, stroll around Busena Marine Park, and take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho attractions site.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. July in Motobu-cho sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 79°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Naha.
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Find places to stay Jul 2 — 6:

Naha — 3 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Onna-son (Blue Cave, Cape Manzamo, &more). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, and sample the fine beverages at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Naha tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Motobu-cho to Naha in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Naha can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:

Ishigaki — 5 nights

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.
Step out of Ishigaki to go to Iriomote-jima and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. Spend 10th (Sun) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, get great views at Cape Ongazaki, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip builder app.

Fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. July in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 82°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Hakone-machi.
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Find places to stay Jul 9 — 14:

Hakone-machi — 3 nights

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Venture out of the city with trips to Inoue Sake Brewery (in Oi-machi) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, and contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Hakone-machi takes 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in July, things will get slightly colder in Hakone-machi: highs are around 75°F and lows about 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kamakura.
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Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:

Kamakura — 3 nights

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kamakura is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, look for gifts at Kamakura Boshiya Hat Shop Honten, and make a trip to Kōtoku-in.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kamakura attractions planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Kamakura in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nikko.
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Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:

Nikko — 5 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nikko: Katashina-mura (Oze Plant Research Specimen Garden & Ozegahara) and Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya). Spend the 24th (Sun) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at Oze National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, stroll around Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nikko trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Kamakura to Nikko in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Jul 20 — 25:

Tokyo — 6 nights

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 out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Akihabara, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in July: highs in Tokyo hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Jul 25 — 31:

Japan travel guide

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Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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