51 days in Japan Itinerary

51 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Kamakura
— 3 nights
Train to Odawara Station, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Bus to Odawara Station, Train to Nikko
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Nikko
— 4 nights
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Takayama
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 6 nights
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Koya-cho
— 5 nights
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Omotesando. Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 40 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Billund, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Billund to Tokyo is 8 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Billund in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 23:

Kamakura

— 3 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kōtoku-in and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Do your shopping at Okeba Gallery & Shop and Kotonoichi Kamakura. When in Kamakura, make a side trip to see Chigasaki Citizens Cultural Center in Chigasaki, approximately Chigasaki away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, examine the collection at Kannon Museum, head off the coast to Enoshima Island, and indulge your taste buds at Kamakura City Farmers' Market.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kamakura route builder tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you will find days in Kamakura are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 26:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mount Fuji and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Fujiyoshida (Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, &more), Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Lake Kawaguchi & Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

Before you visit Hakone-machi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Kamakura to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hakone-machi can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 30:

Nikko

— 4 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.
Head to Kousyuuya and Sano Premium Outletfor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nikko Tosho-gu and Sanbonmatu Park. Explore Nikko's surroundings by going to Ashikaga Flower Park (in Ashikaga) and Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, get in on the family fun at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura, and explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nikko online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Nikko takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in April: highs in Nikko hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Nikko

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 4:

Takayama

— 3 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Matsumoto Castle and Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market and Hida Jizakekura Honten. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Matsumoto (Kaichi Gakko Primary School, Matsumoto City Art Museum, &more). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), see the interesting displays at Fujii Art Gallery (Fujii Bijutsu Mingei-Kan), and admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art.

To find out how to plan a trip to Takayama, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Nikko to Takayama takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nikko in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Takayama, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 8:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Head to Nambu Sake Brewery and Shiinoki Cultural Complex Ishikawa Prefecturefor plenty of shopping. Kanazawa Castle and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho) and Katsuyama (Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum & Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine)). There's lots more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner.

Take a train from Takayama to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. May in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 12:

Kyoto

— 7 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. For shopping fun, head to Nishiki Market Shopping District or Kyoto Station Building. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Byodoin (in Uji). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Gion, visit Arashiyama, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 19:

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then make a trip to Himeji Castle, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple. On the next day, walk around Kunimi no Mori Park, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and then trek along Mt Shosha hiking.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Himeji vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Atomic Bomb Dome. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online trip maker.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 21 — 25:

Osaka

— 6 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotombori District and Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori. Do some cultural sightseeing at Osaka Castle and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Japan Tour Adventure in Nara, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more) and Kobe (Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), &more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip builder tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daytime highs in Osaka are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 31:

Koya-cho

— 5 nights
For shopping fun, head to Farm Market Yottette Michi no Eki Kudoyama or Kadohama Gomatofu Sohompo. Get a sense of the local culture at Mt. Koya and Koyasan Danjo Garan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Koya-cho: Totsukawa-mura (Tanizeno Tsuribashi & Tamaki Shrine), Niutsuhime Shrine (in Katsuragi-cho) and Shori-ji Temple (in Kudoyama-cho).

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Koya-cho trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Osaka to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 5:

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.