59 days in Japan Itinerary

59 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner
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Fly
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 4 nights
Fly
5
Nikko
— 7 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 6 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagasaki: Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo) and Onyoku Museum (in Saikai). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, and examine the collection at Dejima.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki planner.

Berlin, Germany to Nagasaki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Berlin to Nagasaki is 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay Oct 6 — 11:

Ishigaki — 6 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 with an excursion to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima--about 1h 55 min away. Spend 12th (Wed) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, walk around Kabira Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nagasaki in October; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 34°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Oct 11 — 17:

Hiroshima — 5 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure), Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and get outside with Tobishima Kaido.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Hiroshima road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ishigaki in October: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 26°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:

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.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Ono Cherry Blossom Corridor (in Ono), Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Okayama Castle) and Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum, Ohara Museum of Art, &more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, explore the landscape on two wheels at Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Himeji attractions planning website.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Nikko.
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Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:

Nikko — 7 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.
Explore Nikko's surroundings by going to Sanbon Yaridake Moutain (in Nasushiobara), Honda Collection Hall (in Motegi-machi) and Nasu-machi (Nasu Highlands, Mount Nasudake, &more). Spend the 30th (Sun) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls, trek along Odashirogahara, and contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Himeji to Nikko takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Himeji in October: highs in Nikko hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Oct 26 — Nov 2:

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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Have a day of magic on the 7th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo route maker.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nikko in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.
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Find places to stay Nov 2 — 9:

Hakone-machi — 4 nights

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Yamanakako-mura (Hirano Lake Shore & Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Fuji View Hotel Japanese Garden, Lake Kawaguchi, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and head outdoors with Hakone Skyline.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi journey planning tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by combination of train and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.
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Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:

Matsumoto — 6 nights

A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Snow Monkey Resorts), Prince & Skyline Museum (in Okaya) and Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Takayama Jinya, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, take a peaceful walk through Tsugaike Natural Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagano Gokoku Shrine, and admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Matsumoto, with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Nov 13 — 19:

Kanazawa — 6 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Nanto (Spas & Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple), Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Nagase house, &more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the verdant scenery at Aratama Valley, make a trip to Omicho Market, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa holiday maker site.

Take a train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Nov 19 — 25:

Kyoto — 8 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todai-ji Temple, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and stop by Arashiyama.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Nov 25 — Dec 3:

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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