59 days in Japan Itinerary

59 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Naha
— 6 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Kagoshima
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
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Tokyo
— 8 nights
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Sapporo
— 6 nights
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Ishigaki

— 6 nights
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, stroll around Kabira Park, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

Prague, Czech Republic to Ishigaki is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. In January, Ishigaki is much warmer than Prague - with highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 8:

Naha

— 6 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Nakagusuku-son (Nakagusuku Castle Ruins & Blue Sky), Nakijin-son (Aiai Farm, Kouri Ohashi, &more) and Motobu-cho (Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Tropical Dream Center, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, identify plant and animal life at Toma, stroll through Cape Manzamo, and steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Naha tour planning website.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 3.5 hours. In January in Naha, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 14:

Nagasaki

— 4 nights

City of Peace

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo), Yokan Museum (in Ogi) and Saga (Nannyo Shrine & Sagajo Park). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Magome Catholic Church, and examine the collection at Dejima.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki holiday planner.

You can fly from Naha to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Naha in January, expect nights in Nagasaki to be colder, around 4°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:

Kagoshima

— 5 nights

Naples of the East

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kagoshima: Kirishima (Kareigawa Station, Kirishima Shrine, &more), Tatsumonjizaka (in Aira) and Kirishima Art Ranch (in Yusui-cho). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sengan-en, learn about all things military at Chiran Peace Museum, stroll around Chiran Heiwa Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory.

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Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Kagoshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Kagoshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 23:

Hiroshima

— 5 nights

City of Peace

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: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more), Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kosanji Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip maker app.

You can take a train from Kagoshima to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 28:

Himeji

— 4 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.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu), Okayama (Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden) and Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter & Ohara Museum of Art). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Himeji Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jodoji Temple, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Himeji are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:

Kyoto

— 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Takenomichi (in Muko) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Four-M). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, walk around Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip website.

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 8:

Kanazawa

— 6 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Takayama (Wine Tours & Tastings, Takayama Jinya, &more), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Komatsu (Natadera Temple, Aratama Valley, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine, admire the striking features of Former Uchiyama Residence, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip itinerary site.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in February: highs in Kanazawa hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 14:

Tokyo

— 8 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo (in Yokohama), Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) & The Hakone Open-Air Museum) and Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in February, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (12°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 22:

Sapporo

— 6 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Otaru Canal (in Otaru), Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place (in Kutchan-cho) and Noboribetsu Date Historic Village (in Noboribetsu). The adventure continues: stroll around Odori Park, steep yourself in history at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of -1°C to lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 22 — 28:

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.