51 days in Japan Itinerary

51 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train
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Mito
— 3 nights
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 6 nights
Taxi to Shinshunakano, Train to Kofu
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Kofu
— 2 nights
Train to Odawara Station, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tsu
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Suita
— 3 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 3 nights
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Matsuyama
— 2 nights
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Kochi
— 3 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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Asakusa. Venture out of the city with trips to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, fulfill a lifelong dream with Tokyo Gaijins - Day Tours, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planning tool.

Billum, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Billum to Tokyo is 8 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Billum in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mito.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 13:

Mito

— 3 nights
Quaint and historic, Mito serves as the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, once a castle town and stronghold for the Edo-period Mito clan.
Take a break from the city and head to Wildlife Center and Ryujinkyo. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sun Green Asahi and Nakaminato Fish Market. When in Mito, make a side trip to see Fukuroda Falls in Daigo-machi, approximately Daigo-machi away. There's still lots to do: stroll around Kairakuen Park, admire the landmark architecture of Kobuntei, stroll through Kodokan Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Semba Boadwalk.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mito road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Mito takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, Mito is little chillier at night with lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Mito

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 16:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 6 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Escape the urban bustle at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area. Do your shopping at MIDORI Nagano and Hokusai-kan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yamanouchi-machi: Hakuba-mura (Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden & Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort), Nozawaonsen-mura (Nozawa Onsen & Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort) and Shin-etsu Shizenkyo Activity Center (in Iiyama). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, take in the pleasant sights at Shiga Kogen, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and head outdoors with Shigakogen Plateau.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi road trip planning app.

You can drive from Mito to Yamanouchi-machi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Mito in March, plan for slightly colder days in Yamanouchi-machi, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kofu.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 22:

Kofu

— 2 nights
Old historic castles and Shinto shrines dominate the sightseeing in Kofu, a city fringed by mountains on all sides.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fuefuki Togenkyo, and then appreciate the views at Shosenkyo. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Nakajima Farm Strawberry Land, then let the kids burn off some steam at Yamanashi Fuehukigawa Fruit Park, then step into the grandiose world of Kofu Castle, and finally look for gifts at Kosshu Yumekoji.

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You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Kofu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kofu, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kofu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 24:

Hakone-machi

— 6 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pola Museum of Art and Gotemba Premium Outlets. Escape the urban bustle at Mount Fuji and Lake Ashinoko. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji), Ebisembei-no-Sato, Gotemba (in Gotemba) and Fujinomiya (Fujinomiya Route & Kengamine). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, laugh and play at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kofu to Hakone-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hakone-machi can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tsu.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 30:

Tsu

— 3 nights
Tsu is the capital city of Mie Prefecture, Japan.As of August 2015, the city had an estimated population of 279,304 and a population density of 393 persons per km2. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tsu: Ise (Ise Shrine Geku, Ise Grand Shrine, &more), Toba (Mikimoto Pearl Island & Toba Aquarium) and Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima (in Kuwana). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yuki Shrine.

For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Tsu travel tool.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tsu takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Hakone-machi in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Tsu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 2:

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.
For shopping fun, head to Nishiki Market Shopping District or Ninja Dojo and Store. Get in touch with nature at Mt. Takao and Kyoto Round Trip Trail, Kitayama Course East Route. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tsu to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Tsu in April, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Suita.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 7:

Suita

— 3 nights
A smaller metropolis near Osaka, Suita remains best known for hosting the World's Fair in 1970.
Step out of Suita to go to Shimamoto-cho and see Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Waterfall of Mino, examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nifrel, and stroll around The Tower of the Sun.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Suita day trip planning website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Suita in an hour. Another option is to drive. April in Suita sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Suita

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:

Osaka

— 5 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.
Visiting Nara Park and Mt. Koya will get you outdoors. Head to Dotombori District and Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotomborifor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Koyasan Okunoin (in Koya-cho) and Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Kasuga Grand Shrine). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Kuromon Market, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Osaka is very close to Suita. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 15:

Himeji

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Takamikura and Mt Shosha hiking. Step out of Himeji to go to Kobe and see Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets, which is approximately 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and look for all kinds of wild species at Himeji Central Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Himeji day trip planning website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Osaka, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:

Matsuyama

— 2 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Emifull Masaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): admire the striking features of Bansuiso and then examine the collection at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum.

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Getting from Himeji to Matsuyama by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. April in Matsuyama sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:

Kochi

— 3 nights
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Get in touch with nature at Katsura Hama and Oboke Koboke. Change things up with a short trip to Iya Kazura Bridge in Miyoshi (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kochi Castle, make a trip to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, pick up some local products at Hirome Ichiba, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kochi trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Kochi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 23:

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.

Osaka Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Theme Parks · Parks
Osaka Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The capital is the city of Osaka. It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area. Osaka is one of the two "urban prefectures" of Japan, Kyoto being the other (Tokyo became a "metropolitan prefecture", or to, in 1941).HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Osaka prefecture was known as Kawachi, Izumi, and Settsu provinces.Osaka Prefecture was created on June 21, 1868, at the very beginning of the Meiji era. During the instigation of Fuhanken Sanchisei in 1868, the prefecture received its suffix fu, designating it as an urban prefecture.On September 1, 1956, the city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 wards.In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan's first female governor when she replaced Knock Yokoyama, who resigned after prosecution for sexual harassment.

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Kochi Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Castles
Kōchi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the south coast of Shikoku. The capital is the city of Kōchi.HistoryPrior to the Meiji Restoration, Kōchi was known as Tosa Province and was controlled by the Chosokabe clan in the Sengoku period and the Yamauchi family during the Edo period.Kōchi City is also the birthplace of noted revolutionary Sakamoto Ryōma.GeographyKōchi Prefecture comprises the southwestern part of the island of Shikoku, facing the Pacific Ocean. It is bordered by Ehime to the north-west and Tokushima to the north-east. It is the largest but least populous of Shikoku's four prefectures. Most of the province is mountainous, and in only a few areas such as around Kōchi and Nakamura is there a coastal plain. Kōchi is famous for its many rivers. Inamura-yama in Tosa-cho is the highest peak in Kōchi prefecture with an altitude of 1,506 meters above sea level.As of April 1, 2012, 7% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park; Ishizuchi, Muroto-Anan Kaigan, and Tsurugisan Quasi-National Parks; and eighteen Prefectural Natural Parks.

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