50 days in Japan Itinerary

50 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 8 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
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Bus to 古島駅前, Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nikko
— 5 nights
Drive

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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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Have a day of magic on the 15th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, stop by Odaiba District, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Tokyo. In August, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.
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Find places to stay Aug 12 — 20:

Hakone-machi — 4 nights

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Jurigi Highlands (in Susono), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Lake Kawaguchi, Haha no Shirataki Waterfall, &more) and Onshirin Garden (in Fujiyoshida). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Fuji, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi travel route planning site.

Do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for little chillier days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.
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Find places to stay Aug 20 — 24:

Matsumoto — 5 nights

A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Lake Suwa Science Museum Gishodo (in Shimosuwa-machi), Hokuto (Hokutoshi Oomurasaki Center, Ojiragawa Valley, &more) and Prince & Skyline Museum (in Okaya). There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Castle, gain insight at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Myojin Pond.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Matsumoto travel planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in August: highs in Matsumoto hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Aug 24 — 29:

Kanazawa — 5 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). The adventure continues: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the activities along Mikurigaike Pond, see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary maker site.

Take a train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 3:

Kyoto — 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto holiday planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Sep 3 — 9:

Himeji — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then trek along Mt Shosha hiking.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, daytime highs in Himeji are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:

Hiroshima — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.
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Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Motobu-cho — 4 nights

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.
Explore Motobu-cho's surroundings by going to Nakijin-son (Kouri Ocean Tower & Kouri Ohashi) and Onna-son (Cape Maeda, Blue Cave, &more). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, head outdoors with Bisezaki, enjoy the sand and surf at Akabaka Beach, and explore the gorgeous colors at USS Emmons.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Motobu-cho trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hiroshima in September; daily highs in Motobu-cho reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.
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Find places to stay Sep 12 — 16:

Iriomote-jima — 2 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, head outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach, head off the coast to Barasu Island, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls. On your second day here, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and then admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls.

Start your trip to Iriomote-jima by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Motobu-cho to Iriomote-jima in 6.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Ishigaki — 5 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.
Spend 23rd (Fri) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, take in the awesome beauty at Mt.Omoto, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sukuji Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki road trip tool.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. September in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Koya-cho.
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Find places to stay Sep 18 — 23:

Koya-cho — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryusen-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Okunoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Daishi Kyokai. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eko-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumagai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shojoshin-in Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Koya-cho day trip planning site.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Koya-cho in 4 hours. In September, Koya-cho is little chillier than Ishigaki - with highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nikko.
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Nikko — 5 nights

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nakagawa Aquatic Park (in Otawara), Nasushiobara (Ryuka Waterfall, Ryushun Fall, &more) and Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya). Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, explore the activities along Yunoko Lake, meet the residents at Sakana to Mori no Kansatsuen, and admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Koya-cho to Nikko in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 25 — 30:

Japan travel guide

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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.
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