52 days in Japan Itinerary

52 days in Japan Itinerary

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52 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Naha
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Kanazawa
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Milan

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Iriomote-jima (Nakama-river Protected Region & Nara no Taki Falls). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, get great views at Cape Ongazaki, walk around Kabira Park, and visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner.

Milan, Italy to Ishigaki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Milan in August since evenings lows in Ishigaki dip to 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima, Taketomi Submarine Hot Spring, Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 19:
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Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

6
nights
Naha

Naha ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naha: Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more), Onna-son (Cape Manzamo, Blue Cave, &more) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle, appreciate the history behind Heiwa no Ishiji, make a trip to Kokusaidori, and see the interesting displays at Haebaru Town Museum.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Naha trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 3 hours. In August in Naha, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Onna-son, Motobu-cho, Tokashiki-son, Itoman, Uruma
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 25:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagasaki side-trips: Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo), Nannyo Shrine (in Saga) and Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, kick back and relax at Takahama Beach, see the interesting displays at Yokan Museum, and step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Nagasaki tour itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Naha to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki Bio Park, Yokan Museum, Nannyo Shrine
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, &more), Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip maker app.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki, Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 3:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Okayama (Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden), Yabu (Tarumino Ozakura & Tendaki Falls) and Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi (in Bizen). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji day trip tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yabu, Okayama, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura, Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori), Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Todai-ji Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip builder.

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Himeji in September since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 13:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

6
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more), Komatsu (Aratama Valley & Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute) and Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Takayama Jinya, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Wajima, Komatsu, Takaoka
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

6
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Explore Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya), Fureai Pool Tamaho (in Gotemba) and Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, sample the tasty concoctions at Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji, and kick back and relax at Ita Beach.

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

Drive from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in September, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Izu, Shimoda, Numazu, Maihime Breweries, Fureai Pool Tamaho
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Sankeien Gardens (in Naka). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online day trip planner.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in September, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Sankeien Gardens
Find places to stay Sep 25 — Oct 2:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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