56 days in Japan Itinerary

56 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Fukuoka
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Kagoshima
— 5 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ibusuki, Train to Nagasaki
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Nagasaki
— 7 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 14 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Yamagata
— 4 nights
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Nikko
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
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Tokyo — 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) and Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Yokosuka (Verny Park & Memorial Warships Mikasa) and Sky Garden (in Minatomirai). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden, take a stroll through Kanda Jimbocho Bookstore Area, visit Yanaka District, and take in panoramic vistas at Observatory, Seaside Top.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo journey website.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Fukuoka.
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Find places to stay Oct 13 — 17:

Fukuoka

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.
On the 17th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip planning tool.

Fly from Tokyo to Fukuoka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kagoshima.
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Kagoshima — 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mt. Shiroyama and Shiroyama Observatory. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kagoshima: Aira (Ryumon Falls & Tatsumonjizaka), Onami Pond (in Kirishima) and Takachihonomine (in Miyakonojo). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Tenmonkan, get impressive views of Sakurajima, go for a walk through Sengan-en, and kick back and relax at Iso Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima planner.

Take a train from Fukuoka to Kagoshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can fly to Yakushima-cho.
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Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:

Yakushima-cho — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Isso Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Okinasugi, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake, then don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho route builder site.

You can fly from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Kagoshima in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Yakushima-cho, with lows of 68°F. On the 24th (Mon), you're off to Nagasaki.
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Nagasaki — 7 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Suwa Shrine and Peace Memorial Statue. Explore Nagasaki's surroundings by going to Sasebo (Former Sasebo Chinjufugaisen Memorial Hall, Tenkaiho, &more), Unzen (Onsen Resorts, Unzen Nita Pass, &more) and Nita Pass Second Lookout (in Minamishimabara). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, don't miss a visit to Glover Sky Road, contemplate the long history of Former Latin Seminario, and see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki tour itinerary builder website.

Fly from Yakushima-cho to Nagasaki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Nagasaki when traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Hiroshima — 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Peace Bell and Mitaki Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Daishoin Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. On the 4th (Fri), you're off to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 14 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Walking tours and Nanzen-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Otsu (Toru Shrine & Ishiyamadera Temple), Taga Taisha (in Taga-cho) and Hikone (Ii Shrine, Genkyuen Garden, &more). There's much more to do: awaken your taste buds at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Okochi Sanso Garden.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto route planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. You'll set off for Kanazawa on the 18th (Fri).
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Find places to stay Nov 4 — 18:

Kanazawa — 5 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Shirayama Hime Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Komatsu (Motorcar Museum of Japan & Natadera Temple), Kaga (Kakusenkei Gorge & Ayatori Bridge) and Takayama (Yoshijima Heritage House & Hikaru Museum). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, make a trip to Ainokura Gassho Community, contemplate the long history of Suganuma Gassho Community, and take in the pleasant sights at Gyokusen-immaru Garden.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. November in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Yamagata.
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Find places to stay Nov 18 — 23:

Yamagata — 4 nights

The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Explore hidden gems such as Risshaku-ji Temple and Thermal Spas. Explore Yamagata's surroundings by going to Sendai (Zuihoden & Rinnoji Temple), O-torii (in Zao-machi) and Matsushima-machi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Entsu-in Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Bunshokan, make a trip to Senshoji Temple, admire the masterpieces at Yamagata Museum of Art, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kame no Ko Ishi.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Yamagata travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Yamagata by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in November, things will get little chillier in Yamagata: highs are around 52°F and lows about 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Nikko.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake Chuzenji and Shinkyo Bridge. Get out of town with these interesting Nikko side-trips: Furumine Shrine (in Kanuma) and Nasushiobara (Ryuka Waterfall & Kurenai Bridge). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Italian Embassy House Memorial Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, and admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nikko trip planner.

Getting from Yamagata to Nikko by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamagata in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 52°F in Nikko. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Wed) before leaving for Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 6 nights

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Asakusa Shrine. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Hakone-machi (Okada Museum of Art, Hakone Museum of Art, &more), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Tokyo Horse Racetrack (in Fuchu). See some other sides of Tokyo: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, walk around Meiji Jingu Gaien, admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, and don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Nikko, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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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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