52 days in Japan Itinerary

52 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

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Fly
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Ikeda
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 6 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Drive
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Itsuki-mura
— 1 night
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Ibusuki
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kagoshima Airport, Fly to Naha Airport, Drive to Tokashiki-son
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Tokashiki-son
— 4 nights
Drive to Naha Airport, Fly to New Ishigaki Airport
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— 6 nights
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Hakodate

— 2 nights

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Hakodate is known for nature, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappistine Monasteries, and ride a horse along Dosanko Farm Hakodate.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hakodate journey planning site.

Manchester, UK to Hakodate is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Traveling from Manchester in March, expect Hakodate to be a bit cooler, temps between 5°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, visit Odaiba District, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hakodate in March, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 28:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fujinomiya (Fujisan-cho Post Office & Kusushi Shrine), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Lake Kawaguchi & Fujiyama Sushi-Making Tour) and Nishiura (in Fujiyoshida). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and examine the collection at Ikeda museum of 20th century art.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (9°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 2:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). And it doesn't end there: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Neagarimatsu, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 5:

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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Todai-ji Temple in Nara--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

Discover how to plan a Kyoto trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ikeda.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 11:

Ikeda

— 3 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Ikeda: Takatsuki Forest Center (in Takatsuki), The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism (in Kato) and Nishinomiya (Shukugawa Park & Akamon Oneribei).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ikeda itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Kyoto to Ikeda in an hour. April in Ikeda sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Ikeda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more), Kannonyama Fruits Garden (in Kinokawa) and Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Ikeda. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 20:

Hiroshima

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, &more) and Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Itsuki-mura.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 25:

Itsuki-mura

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Michi-no-Eki Itsuki.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Itsuki-mura online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Itsuki-mura takes 6.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Itsuki-mura can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Mon) before leaving for Ibusuki.
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 26:

Ibusuki

— 2 nights
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Cape Nagasakibana, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kaimondake, take in the awesome beauty at Onodake, walk around Sebira Park, then take a memorable drive along JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Flower Park Kagoshima, brush up on your military savvy at Chiran Peace Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chiran Heiwa Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ibusuki online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Itsuki-mura to Ibusuki in 3 hours. Traveling from Itsuki-mura in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ibusuki, with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokashiki-son.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:

Tokashiki-son

— 4 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokashiki-son: Kumejima-cho (Hatenohama & Shichugama) and Zamami-son (Aka Beach, Zamami Island, &more).

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokashiki-son day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Ibusuki to Tokashiki-son with the Route module. Traveling from Ibusuki in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokashiki-son: highs are around 28°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokashiki-son

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:

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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki, walk around Kabira Park, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Tokashiki-son to Ishigaki with the Route module. In May, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay May 2 — 8:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Beaches · Aquariums
Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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