50 days in Japan Itinerary

50 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Nagoya
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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— 5 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Arigato Japan Food Tours. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

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

Seattle, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Tokyo is 17 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 16:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 3 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Venture out of the city with trips to Amidado (in Iiyama), Kijimadaira-mura (Kijimadaira Ski Resort & Tosen-ji Temple) and Nozawa Onsen (in Nozawaonsen-mura). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, fly down the slopes at Shiga Kogen, and get outside with Mt. Kosha.

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

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. In February, Yamanouchi-machi is a bit cooler than Tokyo - with highs of 39°F and lows of 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 19:

Kanazawa

— 4 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 (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more), Takayama Jinya (in Takayama) and Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary maker site.

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 in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:

Nagoya

— 4 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Ise (Tsukiyominomiya, Ise Shrine Geku, &more), Chubu Park (in Toin-cho) and Kawatsu Cherry Blossom Avenue (Shinshiro) (in Shinshiro). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, relax in the rural setting at Maruu Toyama Farm, and explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nagoya itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Nagoya in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. February in Nagoya sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 23 — 27:

Kyoto

— 5 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 Kyoto's surroundings by going to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Byodoin (in Uji). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 4:

Osaka

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more), Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) (in Kobe) and Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Kuromon Market, and visit Dotombori District.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka itinerary planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 8:

Ishigaki

— 5 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: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, identify plant and animal life at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, stroll around Banna Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki trip planning site.

You can fly from Osaka to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Osaka in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ishigaki, with highs around 73°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 13:

Naha

— 4 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Uruma (Katsuren Castle Ruins & Umi-Budou henza Farm), Nanjo (Kudakajima Island, Sangui, &more) and Nakagusuku-son (Blue Sky & Nakagusuku Castle Ruins). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo, don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Naha holiday builder.

Getting from Ishigaki to Naha by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In March in Naha, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 17:

Motobu-cho

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, then walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have unforgettable encounters with TEERA SCUBA VENTURES, OKINAWA, get outside with Mt. Yaedake, experience rural life at Aiai Farm, then snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi, and finally get outside with Uppama Coast.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho attractions planner.

Getting from Naha to Motobu-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Naha in March, plan for little chillier nights in Motobu-cho, with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:

Kagoshima

— 2 nights

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
On the 20th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Sengan-en, enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shiroyama, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myoken Shrine, then get impressive views of Sakurajima, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Kagoshima Prefectural Office Observation Lobby.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kagoshima trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Kagoshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Motobu-cho in March, expect Kagoshima to be slightly colder, temps between 59°F and 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:

Nagasaki

— 3 nights

City of Peace

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and stroll around Nagao Castle Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki trip planner.

You can take a train from Kagoshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In March, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima holiday planning website.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:

Sapporo

— 5 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Canal & Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building) and Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu). The adventure continues: stroll around Odori Park, take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo road trip planning site.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Sapporo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in March, expect nights in Sapporo to be a bit cooler, around 30°F, while days are cooler, around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Tours · Museums · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 31:

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.