50 days in Japan Itinerary

50 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Ferry:  1 h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Onna-son
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6 h 15 min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Ise
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
9
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Train + Bus:  2 h 45 min
10
Hakuba-mura
— 3 nights
Bus + Train:  3 h
11
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  7 h 15 min
12
Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step out of the city life by going to Sunayama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. Discover out-of-the-way places like Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Irabu-jima Island. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to East Henna Cape, step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island, enjoy breathtaking views from Makiyama Observatory, and snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima tour planner.

Sydney, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 15- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Miyakojima. Traveling from Sydney in February, expect Miyakojima to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Nature Beaches
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse

5
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Scuba & Snorkeling. Do your shopping at Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Iko Pier (in Kuro-shima) and Ubutaki Lookouts (in Kohama-jima). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and get outside with Kondoi Beach.

To see maps and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In February in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Iko Pier, Ubutaki Lookouts, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 18:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Iriomote Island. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Hoshisuna Beach, kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, identify plant and animal life at Amitori Asaba, and head off the coast to Barasu Island.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary site.

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

5
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Head to Onna Station Nakayukui Market and Aeon Naha Shopping Centerfor some retail therapy. Nakijin Castle Ruins and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma), Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, &more) and Nanjo (Valley of Gangala, Sefa-Utaki, &more). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the awesome beauty at Daisekirinzan, don't miss a visit to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kouri Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Onna-son, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Onna-son, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Naha, Kunigami-son, Itoman, Nanjo, Motobu-cho
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 26:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 27th (Sat), kick back and relax at Nagata Inakahama, don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Wilson Stump. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, then examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, train, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Onna-son in February, things will get little chillier in Yakushima-cho: highs are around 17°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yamato Museum and Daishoin Temple. Appreciate the collections at JMSDF Kure Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more), Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, &more) and Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip website.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in February: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 11°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki, Kure
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 4:
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

5
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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 hidden gems such as Koyasan Okunoin and Kongobu-ji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Dotombori (in Dotombori), Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa) and Sunset Owl Cafe (in Sennichimae). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and trek along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Osaka, Nara, Jindoji Temple, Asahiyaki
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 9:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Tsukiyominomiya and Hanano Iwaya Caves are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Sengukan and Okageza capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ise: Kumano (Daiuma Shrine & Onigajo) and Mikimoto Pearl Island (in Toba). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium (Ise Sea Paradise), steep yourself in history at Hinjitsukan, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Toba Aquarium.

Plan a Ise trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Ise: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kumano, Toba
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 13:
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Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Appreciate the collections at D. T. Suzuki Museum and Takayama Showa Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Higashiyama Walking Course, &more) and Nambu Sake Brewery (in Ono). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and don't miss a visit to Suganuma Gassho Community.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Ise to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in March, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in Kanazawa. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Nanto, Shirakawa-mura, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Maruoka Castle
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 18:
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

3
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden. Step out of the city life by going to Hakuba and Shomyo Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Hakuba-mura side-trips: Obuse-machi (Ganshoin Temple & Hokusai-kan), Suginohara (in Myoko) and Togakushi Shrine Okusha (in Nagano). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and head outdoors with Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hakuba-mura trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Kanazawa to Hakuba-mura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Hakuba-mura can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Obuse-machi, Tateyama-machi, Suginohara, Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 21:
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Hakuba ©
Hakuba
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Head to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Asakusafor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will get to explore Pola Museum of Art and Tokyo National Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba) and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu (in Hakone-machi). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, wander the streets of Ginza, explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip site.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hakuba-mura in March, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, Gotemba Premium Outlets
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 26:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu

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nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Take a break from the city and head to Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Rusutsu Resort Ski. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Niseko Hanazono Resort and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kutchan-cho: Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area (in Niseko-cho) and Cape Kamui (in Shakotan-cho).

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kutchan-cho trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Tokyo to Kutchan-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect nights in Kutchan-cho to be slightly colder, around -1°C, while days are much colder, around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, Rusutsu Resort Ski, Cape Kamui, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 31:
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place
Rusutsu Resort Ski ©
Rusutsu Resort Ski

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