53 days in Japan Itinerary

53 days in Japan Itinerary

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Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
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Ferry to Ishigaki, Fly to Osaka Kansai, Train to Nachikatsura-cho
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Ise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Fly
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Ito
— 5 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
9
Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
Bus to Toyama, Fly to Sapporo
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kunigami-son
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Miyakojima — 5 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll get in some beach time at Sawada no hama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. Visiting Yabiji and Nakanoshima Beach will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Imugya Marine Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island, and stroll around Hika Road Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Miyakojima is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Miyakojima. In July, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay Jul 8 — 13:

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nosoko Mape and Hairumubushi Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Island Countryside Settlement and Taketomi Folk Art Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kuro-shima (Nakamoto Beach & Kuroshima V-Gorge) and Kohama-jima (Ubutaki Lookouts & Tumal Beach). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, head outdoors with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, visit Iko Pier, and kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.
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Find places to stay Jul 13 — 19:

Iriomote-jima — 4 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Relax by the water at Ida no Hama Beach and Hoshisuna Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Pinaisara Falls and Kanpiree Waterfall. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi, head outdoors with Haemida Beach, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Komi.

To plan Iriomote-jima vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nachikatsura-cho.
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Find places to stay Jul 19 — 23:

Nachikatsura-cho — 1 night

The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seiganto-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and train from Iriomote-jima to Nachikatsura-cho in 10.5 hours. While traveling from Iriomote-jima, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nachikatsura-cho, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ise.
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Find places to stay Jul 23 — 24:

Ise — 2 nights

A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Shrine Geku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): make a trip to Meotoiwa Rocks, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ise online travel route planner.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Ise, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:

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 a sense of the local culture at Mt. Wakakusa and Shimogamo Jinja. Venture out of the city with trips to Byodoin (in Uji), Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Toshodai-ji Temple, &more) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). And it doesn't end there: laugh and play at Amanohashidate View Land, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kyoto trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Ise to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Ise in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to fly to Ito.
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Find places to stay Jul 26 — Aug 1:

Ito — 5 nights

Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiunkaku and Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Shirahama Beach and Tatadohama Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ito: Satta-toge Pass (in Shizuoka), Izusan Jinja Shrine (in Atami) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Yumigahama Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Omuro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mishima Taisha, and explore the activities along Jogasaki Coast.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ito trip builder website.

Fly from Kyoto to Ito in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in August, you will find days in Ito are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Aug 1 — 6:

Tokyo — 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Oarai Isosaki Shrine and University of Tokyo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Kencho-ji Temple), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashima Jingu, stop by Kagurazaka, see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, and explore the world behind art at teamLab☆Planets.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online route planner.

Traveling by train from Ito to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Nikko.
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Find places to stay Aug 6 — 11:

Nikko — 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yudaki Falls and Nikko National Park. Get some cultural insight at Yomeimon (Main Gate) and Senjogahara Field. The adventure continues: make a trip to Nikko Station, explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nikko: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hakuba-mura.
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Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:

Hakuba-mura — 1 night

Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
On the 15th (Sun), fly down the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, then fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, then take a stroll through Hakuba, and finally get outside with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hakuba-mura tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Hakuba-mura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Hakuba-mura can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.
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Find places to stay Aug 14 — 15:

Sapporo — 4 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Hokkaido University Museum and Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hokkaido Jingu and Royce' Chocolate World. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Furano (Furano Ski Resort & Ningle Terrace). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort, take in panoramic vistas at Okurayama Lookout, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, and stroll around Moerenuma Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Hakuba-mura to Sapporo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. While traveling from Hakuba-mura, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kutchan-cho.
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Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:

Kutchan-cho — 4 nights

Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Visiting Niseko Hanazono Resort and Niseko Tokyu Grand HIRAFU will get you outdoors. Step out of Kutchan-cho with an excursion to Rusutsu Resort Ski in Rusutsu-mura--about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Fukidashi Park, head outdoors with Niseko Village Ski Resort, and fly down the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kutchan-cho road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Kutchan-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Kutchan-cho sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Kunigami-son.
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Find places to stay Aug 19 — 23:

Kunigami-son — 2 nights

Although the village of Kunigami-son spreads across a large area, it remains sparsely populated, with lots of wild land protected from development.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Okinawa Ishi no Bunka Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Daisekirinzan, take some stellar pictures from Cape Hedo, then examine the collection at Yambaru Wildlife Center Ufugi Nature Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Okushuraku. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Uzahama Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yonahadake, take in the dramatic scenery at Hiji Waterfall, then get outside with Okuma Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Ogimi Village Bashofu Hall.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kunigami-son online journey planner.

You can drive from Kutchan-cho to Kunigami-son in 57 hours. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in August, expect Kunigami-son to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Naha.
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Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:

Naha — 4 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Himeyuri Peace Museum and Katsuren Castle Ruins. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Street Kart Okinawa. Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, &more), Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri & Okinawa Peace Memorial Park) and Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala, don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fukushu-en Garden.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Naha driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kunigami-son to Naha takes 2.5 hours. August in Naha sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:

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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