57 days in Japan Itinerary

57 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 5 nights
Train
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Fujiyoshida
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Minobu-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 6 nights
Train to Bungoogi, Taxi to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 5 nights
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
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Onna-son
— 4 nights
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 5 nights
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Tokyo — 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chidorigafuchi and Meguro River. Head to Shimokitazawa and Stockplusfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Hozomon, see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Atago Shrine.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary maker site.

Billund, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Billund to Tokyo. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Billund in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nozawaonsen-mura.
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Nozawaonsen-mura — 2 nights

Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): look for gifts at Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop, then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and then see the interesting displays at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Kijimadaira Ski Resort, get outside with Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, and then hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen.

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Getting from Tokyo to Nozawaonsen-mura by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in March, with highs in Nozawaonsen-mura at 11°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hakuba-mura.
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Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:

Hakuba-mura — 5 nights

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.
Visiting Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort and Tsugaike Natural Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Otari-mura (Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort & Hakubaoike) and Nagano (Togakushi Jinja Hokosha & Togakushi Ski Area). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Hakuba Mountain Harbor, get outside with Hakuba Daisekkei Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shirouma, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hakuba-mura online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Hakuba-mura in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In March, daytime highs in Hakuba-mura are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fujiyoshida.
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Find places to stay Mar 25 — 30:

Fujiyoshida — 2 nights

A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Fuji Asoyama Daijingu, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shakushi, and then identify plant and animal life at Deguchi Pond.

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Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Fujiyoshida takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hakuba-mura in March since evenings lows in Fujiyoshida dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Minobu-cho.
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Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:
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Minobu-cho — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganjoji Temple. Keep things going the next day: stop by Minami Alpus Plaza, then go for a walk through Kuon-ji Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Grave of Nichirenshoto Gosoan.

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You can drive from Fujiyoshida to Minobu-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.
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Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:

Nachikatsura-cho — 3 nights

The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Visiting Hashigui Rock and Nachi Primeval Forest will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Seiganto-ji Temple and Kumano Nachi Taisha. Venture out of the city with trips to Shingu (Shingu Inosawa Ukijima Plant Community, Kumano Hayatama Taisha, &more), Ichimai-iwa (in Kozagawa-cho) and Umikongo (in Kushimoto-cho).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho online itinerary planner.

Getting from Minobu-cho to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Minobu-cho in April; daily highs in Nachikatsura-cho reach 22°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yasaka Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanzen-ji Temple, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto holiday maker website.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, plan for little chillier nights in Kyoto, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Apr 6 — 12:

Hiroshima — 6 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.
Get some cultural insight at Daishoin Temple and Mitaki Temple. Visiting Miyajima and Mt. Misen will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street (in Miyajima), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Misen Wild Woods) and Ini Rice Terraces (in Akiota-cho). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Noboricho Church, Memorial Cathedral for World Peace, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.
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Find places to stay Apr 12 — 18:

Takachiho-cho — 5 nights

The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Takachiho Gorge and Mt. Kuju. Get outdoors at Unokono-taki and Kuju Mountain Range. Explore Takachiho-cho's surroundings by going to Heitate Shrine (in Yamato-cho), Michi-no-Eki Asobonosato Kugino (in Minamiaso-mura) and Tsuno Shrine (in Tsuno-cho). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, and take in the dramatic natural features at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. April in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.
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Find places to stay Apr 18 — 23:

Yakushima-cho — 4 nights

A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center. Get outdoors at Yakusugi Land and Janokuchinotaki Falls. There's much more to do: make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip planner.

Do a combination of car, train, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Yakushima-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.
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Find places to stay Apr 23 — 27:

Onna-son — 4 nights

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Katsuren Castle Ruins and Blue Cave. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM and Onna Station Nakayukui Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Onna-son: Cape Zampa (in Yomitan-son) and Kunigami-son (Gallirallus Okinawae Learning Center & Daisekirinzan). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Sun Marina Beach, get outside with Manza Beach, and take a peaceful walk through Kemmin no Mori Forest Science Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Onna-son road trip website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. April in Onna-son sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.
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Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 1:

Miyakojima — 5 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Underground Dam Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Miyakojima City Museum. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, explore the ancient world of Ninto zeiseki, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harimizu Utaki, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima road trip planning website.

Getting from Onna-son to Miyakojima by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. In May, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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Find places to stay May 1 — 6:

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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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