59 days in Japan Itinerary

59 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Train
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Matsumoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 5 nights
Fly
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Koya-cho
— 3 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 2 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planning website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Kyoto is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Kyoto: highs are around 33°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 7:

Nagoya

— 5 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Ise (Okage Yokocho & Ise Grand Shrine), Tanoura Beach (in Tsuruga) and Samegaijyuku (in Maibara). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, stroll around Chubu Park, and let little ones run wild at Kasumi Yumekujira Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nagoya trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Nagoya by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Nagoya, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 12:

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more), Aratama Valley (in Komatsu) and Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa day trip planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 21°C in Kanazawa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 17:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Hokuto (Ojiragawa Valley, Shojigataki Falls, &more) and Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, &more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, contemplate the waterfront views at Taisho Pond, and relax and rejuvenate at Zuisho Matsumotokan.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto travel itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 23:

Hakone-machi

— 5 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: Shiraito Falls (in Fujinomiya), Inatori Ukiuki Beach (in Higashiizu-cho) and Otago Beach (in Nishiizu-cho). Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, take a memorable drive along Nishiizu Skyline, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and see the interesting displays at Ikeda museum of 20th century art.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip builder tool.

Getting from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in September, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 28:

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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, visit Ginza, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in September, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 5:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya) and Ryushun Fall (in Nasushiobara). Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, and go for a walk through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nikko online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 10:

Koya-cho

— 3 nights
Take a break from Koya-cho with a short trip to Mt.Takami in Matsusaka, about 1h 25 min away.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Koya-cho online trip maker.

Fly from Nikko to Koya-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in October: highs in Koya-cho hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Motobu-cho side-trips: Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Blue Cave) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, get outside with Bisezaki, head off the coast to Minnajima Island, and meet the residents at Okichan Theater.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho holiday maker app.

You can fly from Koya-cho to Motobu-cho in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In October, Motobu-cho is a bit warmer than Koya-cho - with highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima (about 1h 55 min away). Spend 23rd (Sun) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, stop by Ibaruma Farm Fruits Chokubaijo, and get outside with Mt.Omotodake.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki day trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. In October, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 23:

Hiroshima

— 4 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and boost your wellbeing at Hiroshima Stretch.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in October; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 26°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:

Himeji

— 2 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.
On the 28th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then stroll around Kunimi no Mori Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Amore Beach and then get your bearings at Awaji Highway Oasis.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Himeji trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.