57 days in Japan Itinerary

57 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kamakura
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 5 nights
Taxi to Iiyama, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 5 nights
Drive
10
Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 7 nights
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Kyoto is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Japan Standard Time is 6 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in January since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Himeji.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks
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Find places to stay Jan 3 — 9:

Himeji — 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Okayama (Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden), Jodoji Temple (in Ono) and Gayain Temple (in Miki). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Himeji tour planning site.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:

Hiroshima — 4 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Itsukushima Shrine, &more), iwase shoten & co. (somelabo) (in Fukuyama) and Saikokuji Temple (in Onomichi). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, relax and rejuvenate at Hiroshima Stretch, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can fly to Kamakura.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
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Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

Kamakura — 4 nights

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Venture out of the city with trips to Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi) and Azumayama Park (in Ninomiya-machi). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, stroll around Kamakura Kaihin Koen Inamuragasaki, and don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kamakura trip maker app.

Fly from Hiroshima to Kamakura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hiroshima in January: highs in Kamakura hover around 4°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:

Tokyo — 7 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 to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 28th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kamakura to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.
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Museums · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Find places to stay Jan 21 — 28:

Yamanouchi-machi — 5 nights

The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Get out of town with these interesting Yamanouchi-machi side-trips: Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano), Nozawaonsen-mura (Nozawa Onsen & Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort) and Hakuba-mura (Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden & Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, fly down the slopes at Shiga Kogen, and head outdoors with Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yamanouchi-machi travel route app.

Getting from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in January; daily highs in Yamanouchi-machi reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.
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Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:

Kanazawa — 5 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more), Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan) & Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan)) and Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida). There's still lots to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, make a trip to Tsuzumi Gate, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Nagasaki.
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Find places to stay Feb 2 — 7:

Nagasaki — 4 nights

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yutoku Inari Shrine (in Kashima), Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Glover Garden, see the interesting displays at Dejima, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in February, things will get a bit warmer in Nagasaki: highs are around 12°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Naha.
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Find places to stay Feb 7 — 11:

Naha — 5 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 Blue Sky (in Nakagusuku-son), Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri & Heiwa no Ishiji) and Nanjo (Cape Chinen Park, Sangui, &more). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, sample the fine beverages at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers, make a trip to Kokusaidori, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clara Church.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Naha trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Naha takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, Naha is somewhat warmer than Nagasaki - with highs of 22°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Motobu-cho.
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Find places to stay Feb 11 — 16:

Motobu-cho — 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Ginoza Roadside Station (in Ginoza-son), Atelier43 (in Nago) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, and enjoy the sand and surf at Uppama Coast.

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Getting from Naha to Motobu-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Naha in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 14°C in Motobu-cho. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.
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Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Beaches
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Find places to stay Feb 16 — 21:

Ishigaki — 7 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.
Spend 22nd (Tue) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, head outdoors with Yarabudake, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Omoto.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, use the Ishigaki road trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki in 5 hours. Traveling from Motobu-cho in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ishigaki, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 28:

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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