53 days in Japan Itinerary

53 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

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Tokyo
— 8 nights
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Fujisawa
— 2 nights
Train
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Fujiyoshida
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Okazaki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Train to Shin-Kobe Station, Bus to Naruto
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Naruto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nankoku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yawatahama
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Yamaguchi
— 2 nights
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Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
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Miyazaki
— 2 nights
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Kagoshima
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
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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.
Head to Ginza Itoya Hontren and Shimokitazawafor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at Meguro River and Chikurin Park. Step out of Tokyo to go to Koganei and see Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi, contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kitanomaru Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary maker site.

Billund, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Billund in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Fujisawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 9:

Fujisawa

— 2 nights
Situated on Kanagawa's Sagami Bay, the city of Fujisawa serves as the gateway to beaches on the small island of Enoshima, as well as the sandy coast and temples of nearby Kamakura.
On the 10th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): trek along Kamakura Hiking Trails, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shojoko-ji Temple (Yugyo-ji Temple), then enjoy the sand and surf at Chigogafuchi Marine Plateau, and finally browse the different shops at Terrace Mall Shonan.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fujisawa trip planning site.

Getting from Tokyo to Fujisawa by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujisawa, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Fujisawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Fuji Safari Park and then trek along Fujinomiya Route. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Fujisan Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, and then get curious at Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Fujiyoshida online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Fujisawa to Fujiyoshida by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. April in Fujiyoshida sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 2 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiszenji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jiun-ji Temple, and then shop like a local with Mountaineering Gear Rental Shop La Mont. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine, then hike along Momiji Tunnel, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Sankodai.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip tool.

Fujikawaguchiko-machi is just a short distance from Fujiyoshida. In April, daily temperatures in Fujikawaguchiko-machi can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Okazaki.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

Okazaki

— 2 nights
Although not particularly touristy, the tranquil castle town of Okazaki charms visitors with its scenic parks, ornamental flower gardens, and forested areas.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Okazaki Children's Museum of Art, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Miyaji, and then learn more about the world around you at Toyohashi Museum of Natural History. On your second day here, walk around Okazaki Minami Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwazu Temmangu Shrine, and then explore the historical opulence of Okazaki Castle.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Okazaki journey planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Okazaki takes 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in April: highs in Okazaki hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Okazaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:

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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Tenryuji Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Yasaka Shrine, look for gifts at Ninja Dojo and Store, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder app.

You can drive from Okazaki to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 24:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Take a break from the city and head to Hashigui Rock and Shingu Inosawa Ukijima Plant Community. Step off the beaten path and head to Seiganto-ji Temple and Kumano Hayatama Taisha. Change things up with these side-trips from Nachikatsura-cho: Ichimai-iwa (in Kozagawa-cho), Umikongo (in Kushimoto-cho) and Kumano Hayatama Taisha Oshimboku Nagi (in Shingu). It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha and take a peaceful walk through Nachi Primeval Forest.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Nachikatsura-cho is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Naruto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:

Naruto

— 2 nights
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Step off the beaten path and head to Otsuka Museum of Art and Uzu no Michi. Step out of the city life by going to Okawara Kogen and Naruto Skyline. When in Naruto, make a side trip to see Mount Bizan in Tokushima, approximately Tokushima away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Naruto City Kagawa Toyohiko Memorial Hall, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Kitanada Sea Station, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gokurakuji Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Naruto holiday website.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Nachikatsura-cho to Naruto in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Naruto, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Nankoku.

Things to do in Naruto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:

Nankoku

— 2 nights
On the 1st (Sun), Head underground at Ioki Cave, contemplate the long history of Old Samurai Residence of Rojyu Doi, and then stop by Jibasan Ichiba. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Okojo Castle, get engrossed in the history at Kochi Prefectural Museum of History, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kajigamori.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nankoku attractions website.

You can drive from Naruto to Nankoku in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Naruto in April, you will find days in Nankoku are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yawatahama.

Things to do in Nankoku

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:

Yawatahama

— 2 nights
Yawatahama is a city located in the southwestern part of Ehime Prefecture, Japan, and has the largest fish market on Shikoku. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Michi-no-Eki Yawatahama Minatto, appreciate the extensive heritage of Iyo Ozu Sukunahikona Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toyogahashi Eitokuji Temple. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Kaimei School, then get to know the fascinating history of Seiyo City Uwacho Unomachi, and then steep yourself in history at Yawatahama First Air-raid Shelter Trace.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yawatahama travel planner.

Traveling by car from Nankoku to Yawatahama takes 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Yawatahama are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yawatahama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 4:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Daishoin Temple and Peace Flame. Head to Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street and Ekiefor some retail therapy. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Kure (JMSDF Kure Museum & Takatoridai) and Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, wander the streets of Kamiyacho, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Noboricho Church, Memorial Cathedral for World Peace.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip tool.

Getting from Yawatahama to Hiroshima by car takes about 4.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yamaguchi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 9:

Yamaguchi

— 2 nights

Kyoto of the West

Located at the center of Yamaguchi Prefecture, the regional capital of Yamaguchi is renowned for its temples and shrines.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Yukawa Family Old Residence, then steep yourself in history at Former House of Yamamura Family, and then take in breathtaking views at Chomonkyo Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): trek along Akiyoshidai Observation Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Hyakumaizara, and then get outside with Ishin One Hundres Year Memeorial Park.

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You can drive from Hiroshima to Yamaguchi in 2 hours. When traveling from Hiroshima in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Yamaguchi: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yamaguchi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Takachiho-cho

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Takachiho Gorge and Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Takachiho Shrine and Kaguraden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takachiho-cho: Unokono-taki (in Gokase-cho) and Heitate Shrine (in Yamato-cho). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine and go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho planner.

Getting from Yamaguchi to Takachiho-cho by car takes about 4.5 hours. While traveling from Yamaguchi, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Takachiho-cho, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

Miyazaki

— 2 nights
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Sekinoo Falls, then browse the different shops at Miyako City, and then take a stroll around Miyazaki Art Center. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History, then don't miss a visit to Saitobaru Tomb, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsuma Shrine.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Miyazaki trip maker.

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Miyazaki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Miyazaki, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Kagoshima

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sora Stage and Nagashima Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Shiroyama Observatory and Temmonkan Mujyaki. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Sakurajima, buy something for everyone on your list at Amu Plaza Kagoshima, go for a walk through Sengan-en, and explore the activities along Sekiyoshi Sluice Gate of Yoshino Leat.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kagoshima travel planner.

Traveling by car from Miyazaki to Kagoshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Miyazaki in May since evenings lows in Kagoshima dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Fukuoka

— 3 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fukuoka City Museum and Ishibashi Bunka Center. Head to Tenjin Underground Shopping Center and Ito Sai Saifor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki Shrine, see the interesting displays at OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Ohorikoen Japanese Garden.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip itinerary maker app.

Take a train from Kagoshima to Fukuoka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

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.