55 days in Japan Itinerary

55 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Narita
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Tokyo
— 9 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Kyoto
— 12 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Osaka
— 6 nights
Train:  3 h
7
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  4 h
8
Yamagata
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
9
Sendai
— 5 nights
train:  30 min
10
Zao-machi
— 2 nights
train:  2 h 30 min
11
Tokyo
— 3 nights
End: Tokyo

1
night
Narita

Narita
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Narita online travel planner.

San Francisco, USA to Narita is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Narita due to the time zone difference. In January, Narita is little chillier than San Francisco - with highs of 49°F and lows of 28°F. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Narita

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

9
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura), Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). And it doesn't end there: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, walk around Ueno Park, and explore the world behind art at Suntory Museum of Art.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Narita to Tokyo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Narita in January since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 35°F. On the 17th (Sun), you'll travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kōtoku-in, Tokyo Disneyland, Yokohama Museum of Art, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

4
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Hakone-machi is known for museums, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, look for gifts at Owakudani Kurotamago Kan, and get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi visit planner.

Do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in January, you will find days in Hakone-machi are little chillier (40°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and then examine the collection at Meiji Jingu Museum. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 50°F, while lows dip to 35°F. On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

12
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 Kyoto's surroundings by going to Byodoin (in Uji), Ise (Ise Grand Shrine, Aramatsurinomiya, &more) and Jishu Shrine (in Otsu). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, go for a walk through Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ise, Byodoin, Todai-ji Temple, Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, Jishu Shrine
Find places to stay Jan 24 — Feb 5:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

6
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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 Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Nara Park) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Dotombori District, see the interesting displays at Glico Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and look for gifts at Minalima Osaka.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Osaka tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji Castle
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Sojiji (in Nishitokyo), Ikspiari (in Maihama) and Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai). See some other sides of Tokyo: get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, snap pictures at Rainbow Bridge, have some family-friendly fun at Hagu Cafe Shinjuku Honten, and see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. On the 15th (Mon), you're off to Yamagata.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Sojiji, Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Sojiji ©
Sojiji

4
nights
Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Yamagata is known for historic sites, winter sports, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hit the slopes at Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, test the waters at a local thermal spa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple, and pause for some photo ops at Basho Monument.

Find out how to plan Yamagata trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Yamagata takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in February, with highs in Yamagata at 36°F and lows at 27°F. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sendai.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort ©
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort
Frost Covered Trees of Zao ©
Frost Covered Trees of Zao
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple

5
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Get out of town with these interesting Sendai side-trips: Matsushima-machi (Entsu-in Temple, Matsushima Bay, &more), Shiogama Shrine (in Shiogama) and Hiraizumi-cho (Motsu-ji Temple & Chuson-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery, don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, and get engrossed in the history at Aoba Castle Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sendai online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Yamagata to Sendai in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Yamagata in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sendai, with lows around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zao-machi.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Parks

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Hiraizumi-cho, Shiogama Shrine, JR East Nihon Shinkansen Sogo Sharyo Center
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple

2
nights
Zao-machi

Zao-machi ©
On the 25th (Thu), get outside with Zao Echo Line, thenexperience rural life at Zao Dairy Farm, and then stroll around Michinoku Lakeside National Government Park.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Zao-machi online holiday planner.

Getting from Sendai to Zao-machi by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Sendai in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 30°F in Zao-machi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Zao-machi

Parks Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trip

Michinoku Lakeside National Government Park
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Michinoku Lakeside National Government Park ©
Mt. Katta ©
Mt. Katta
Zao Dairy Farm ©
Zao Dairy Farm

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama (Yamashita Park & Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal). Enjoy Tokyo some more: engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills), and look for gifts at Majimaya.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Zao-machi to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Zao-machi in February, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 51°F and 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Yokohama
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 1:
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of Nature and Science ©
National Museum of Nature and Science
National Museum of Western Art ©
National Museum of Western Art
Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai) ©
Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai)

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