38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia trip itinerary planner

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Nagasaki
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train to Nagoya, Train to Ise
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Ise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yamanashi
— 31 nights
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Sydney

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Nagasaki

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): snap pictures at Megane Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, then stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, see the interesting displays at Dejima, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ōura Church.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki attractions planning app.

Osaka to Nagasaki is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:

Tokyo

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally wander the streets of Ginza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, stop by Best Experience Japan, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and finally make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

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

You can fly from Nagasaki to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 20:

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.
On the 20th (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck, find something for the whole family at Hotel Shima Spain Mura, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Meotoiwa Rocks. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ise road trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Ise in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ise when traveling from Tokyo in October, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Yamanashi.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:

Yamanashi

— 31 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yamanashi: Koshu (Mt. Kasatoriyama, Daibosatsu Toge, &more), Okutama-machi (Mt. Kumotori, Mitosanguchi Station, &more) and Tabayama-mura (Tabayamamura Suigen Park & Taba Canyon).

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yamanashi driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Ise to Yamanashi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Ise in October; daily highs in Yamanashi reach 19°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yamanashi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — Nov 22:

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.

Mie Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Mie Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan, which is part of the Kansai region on the main Honshu island. The capital is the city of Tsu.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area that is now Mie Prefecture was made up of Ise Province, Shima Province, Iga Province and part of Kii Province.Evidence of human habitation in Mie dates back more than 10,000 years. During the Jōmon and Yayoi periods, agricultural communities began to form along the river and coastal areas of the region. Ise Shrine is said to have been established during the Yayoi period, and in the 7th century the Saikū Imperial Residence was built in what is now Meiwa Town to serve as both a residence and administrative centre for the Saiō, an Imperial Princess who served as High Priestess of Ise Shrine.During the Edo period, the area now known as Mie Prefecture consisted of several feudal domains, each ruled by an appointed lord. Transport networks, including the Tokaido and Ise Roads, were built. Port towns such as Ohminato, Kuwana and Anōtsu, posting stations and castle towns flourished. Pilgrimages to Ise Shrine also became very popular.

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