58 days in Japan Itinerary

58 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: New Orleans
Fly:  18 h
1
Tokyo
— 13 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Motobu-cho
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Kagoshima
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
5
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h
7
Himeji
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
8
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train + Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: New Orleans

13
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: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka), Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo vacation builder.

New Orleans, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to Tokyo is 15 hours. Traveling from New Orleans in November, expect little chillier with lows of 49°F in Tokyo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Urayasu, Hakone-machi, Yokohama, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Nov 20 — Dec 3:
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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.
Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, and get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki tour planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Ishigaki are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are much warmer (64°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Spas

6
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Motobu-cho side-trips: Kouri Island (in Miyakojima), Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling, Cape Manzamo, &more) and Busena Marine Park (in Nago). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and don't miss a visit to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Motobu-cho road trip planning tool.

Fly from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in December, Motobu-cho is a bit cooler at night with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Onna-son, Nakijin-son, Nago, Kouri Island
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kagoshima side-trips: Kirishima (Mt. Shinmoe & Kirishima Shrine), Chiran Peace Museum (in Minamikyushu) and Rokkannon Miike Pond (in Ebino). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Sengan-en, take in panoramic vistas at Yunohira Lookout, take a memorable drive along JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kaimondake.

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Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Kagoshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Motobu-cho in December, expect Kagoshima to be a bit cooler, temps between 53°F and 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ibusuki, Kirishima, Chiran Peace Museum, Rokkannon Miike Pond
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Nagashima Museum ©
Nagashima Museum

4
nights
Nagasaki

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.
Explore Nagasaki's surroundings by going to Nannyo Shrine (in Saga), Yokan Museum (in Ogi) and Sasebo (Domtoren & Huis Ten Bosch). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, don't miss a visit to Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, and stroll through Nagasaki Peace Park.

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You can take a train from Kagoshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sasebo, Nannyo Shrine, Yokan Museum, Yutoku Inari Shrine
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni), Onomichi (Kosanji Temple & Ikuchijima) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Paddle Park, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Onomichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, &more), Okayama (Okayama Orient Museum, Okayama Korakuen Garden, &more) and Kobe (Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens & Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)). There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, stroll around Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, make a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Himeji journey planning site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Okayama, Kobe
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more), Nanto (Ainokura Gassho Community & Spas) and Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Sanmachi Suji, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Himeji in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kanazawa, with lows of 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Nanto
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara Park (in Nara), Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Universal Studios Japan, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Jishu Shrine, Nara Park
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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