59 days in Japan Itinerary

59 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

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Tokyo
— 8 nights
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Chiba
— 2 nights
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Kamakura
— 5 nights
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Fujinomiya
— 2 nights
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Nagoya
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Train to Nagano, Bus to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 4 nights
Bus to Nagano, Train to Nikko
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Nikko
— 6 nights
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Iwaki
— 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Asakusa. Senso-ji Temple and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) will appeal to history buffs. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Mt. Takao (in Hachioji), Kamiyatsuno Okusuu (in Ogose-machi) and Ochiai River and Minamisawa Springs (in Higashikurume). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, walk around Ueno Park, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

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Billund, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Billund to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Billund in April, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chiba.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 9:

Chiba

— 2 nights
Developing quickly with new homes and shopping malls cropping up each year, the city of Chiba no doubt benefits from its proximity to the capital--many even consider it a Tokyo suburb.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): get some fabulous bargains at Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari, don't miss a visit to Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Naritasan Omote Sando. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Aloha Terrace, buy something for everyone on your list at Umihotaru, and then buy something for everyone on your list at AEON MALL Makuhari Shintoshin.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Chiba sightseeing planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Chiba by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: highs in Chiba hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Chiba

Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

Kamakura

— 5 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
For shopping fun, head to Kamakura Boshiya Hat Shop Honten or Kamakura City Farmers' Market. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kōtoku-in and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Kamakura: Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima), Jogashima Island (in Jogashima) and Odawara (Odawara Castle & Tokiwagi Gate). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing), head off the coast to Enoshima Island, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamakura Hiking Trails.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kamakura attractions planner.

You can drive from Chiba to Kamakura in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kamakura can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fujinomiya.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 16:

Fujinomiya

— 2 nights
Sitting on the southwest slopes of Mount Fuji, Fujinomiya makes a popular starting point for climbing trips to the famous mountain's summit.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Fuji Safari Park and then revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tanuki, take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fujinomiya itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Kamakura to Fujinomiya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. April in Fujinomiya sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Fujinomiya

Nature · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:

Nagoya

— 5 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Head to Otsukaya Kurumamichi Honten and Oasis 21for some retail therapy. Nagoya Castle and Ise Grand Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Ise (Okageza & Ise Shrine Geku), Nakatsugawa (Nakasendo Magome-juku & Naegi Castle Ruins) and Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Yamazaki River, browse the different shops at AEON MALL Atsuta, look for all kinds of wild species at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, and step into the grandiose world of Hikone Castle.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya journey maker tool.

Drive from Fujinomiya to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Nagoya are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 24:

Kyoto

— 8 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 some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Dotombori District. Visiting Nara Park and Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

Make your Kyoto itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 24 — May 2:

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.
Visit Himeji Castle and Nishi no Maru for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Himeji Central Park and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Kobe (Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) & Kobe Harborland) and Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, &more). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Himeji vacation maker.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 6:

Hiroshima

— 3 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 in touch with nature at Miyajima and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Your inner history buff will appreciate Itsukushima Shrine and Atomic Bomb Dome. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple & Itsukushima Gekijyo). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip maker tool.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 10th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then take in the exciting artwork at Kutaniyaki Kaburaki, and finally explore and take pictures at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kanazawa, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Shirakawa-mura

— 2 nights
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
On the 12th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Sampoiwadake, don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and then steep yourself in history at Kanda house. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, and finally contemplate the long history of Nagase house.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Shirakawa-mura trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Shirakawa-mura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 14th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then see the interesting displays at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), and finally stroll through Moss Phlox of Kunita Family.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Takayama, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 4 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Get some historical perspective at Zenko-ji Temple and Togakushi Shrine Okusha. Step out of the city life by going to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Shin-etsu Shizenkyo Activity Center. Explore Yamanouchi-machi's surroundings by going to Hakuba-mura (Hakuba & Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort) and Hokusai-kan (in Obuse-machi). There's still lots to do: stroll through Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, explore and take pictures at Shiga Kusatsu Kogen Route, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and head outdoors with Shigakogen Plateau.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yamanouchi-machi travel route planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Yamanouchi-machi in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 19:

Nikko

— 6 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nikko Tosho-gu and Taiyuimbyo Shrine. Escape the urban bustle at Nikko National Park and Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nikko: Ouchijuku (in Shimogo-machi), Ashikaga Flower Park (in Ashikaga) and Nasu Garden Outlet (in Nasushiobara). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan jinja, and make a trip to Tobu Nikko Station.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko road trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Nikko in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Nikko, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Iwaki.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 25:

Iwaki

— 3 nights

Sunshine Iwaki

A coastal city in the southeastern Fukushima Prefecture, Iwaki boasts a high number of sunny days and appealing water attractions.
Visit Oiwa Shrine and Shiramizu Amidado for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Coal & Fossil Museum and Shioyasaki Lighthouse. Go for a jaunt from Iwaki to Daigo-machi to see Fukuroda Falls about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: stop by Iwaki La La Mew and observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquamarine Fukushima.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Iwaki visit app.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Iwaki takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Nikko in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Iwaki, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Iwaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 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.